Almost three years ago, I blogged about Lyssa zampa, the tropical swallowtail moth. I had forgotten about this post, until we suddenly started getting a flurry of comments in the last few days, reporting sightings from all over Singapore.

Obviously, 2014 is a bumper season for this impressive lepidopteran, and it seems unnecessary to add yet another sighting to the many reports. But this one, which we found just outside the Science Centre’s main entrance two days ago, is special: It has a bald spot!  ; )

Tropical Swallowtail Moth
A Lyssa zampa with a bald spot… This happens when the moth is attracted to a ceiling light, scraping off the hair on its back as it keeps bumping into the ceiling.
Posted by:Andy Giger

Andy is the Science Centre Singapore's Director of Strategy. He is a Neuroscientist who started out studying how Tunisian desert ants navigate, then tamed honey bees to find out more about their visual system, and moved on to counting cockroaches, feeding termites and attracting mosquitoes. Now he deals more with people, and enjoys being in touch with science on a much broader basis.

One thought on “The botak Lyssa zampa

  1. Bumping into the ceiling? The process sounds painful. Just like a bird I have seen trying to get past a glass pane, unknown of its obstacle…


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