Sunset Moth Chrysiridia croesus close up of hindwing

A Kaleidoscope of colours. Few moths show such a blaze of colours as the Sunset Moth. Rich reds, oranges and turquoise paint an African scene of a setting sun. Like most colourful moths, this species flies in the day. The colours are not true pigments but come about through the refraction of light.

Name: African Sunset Moth

Latin: Chrysiridia croesus

Family: Uraniidae

Origin: East Africa

Food plant: Ophalocarpus - Spurge Family

Sunset Moth Chrysiridia croesus migratory moth