Emeralds, Geometer Moths

There are many beautiful and intricate Geometer Moth species from SE Asia to Australia.
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Emeralds, Geometer Moths

The startling genus Plutodes is dependent on death process of a leaf. Green chlorophyll, carbohydrates, water, and salts breakdown often revealing more stable pigments called carotenoids and anthocyanins range from yellow to red (think autumn leaves). When the model leaf was green it was mined by a tiny caterpillar. You can even see its wiggly trail

Plutodes unidentata Female Mt. Kinabalu National Park HQ Sabah Malaysia WS 40.0mm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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