Achaea janata moth

Also known as the castor-oil moth, castor-oil looper, and croton caterpillar, the achaea janata moth is most easily distinguished by the bold black and white markings on its hind wings.

The caterpillars feed on castor-oil plants and on crotons as well as the leaves of bananas, capsicum, and citrus. This moth was in an area with a fair number of castor-oil plants growing wild.

3 thoughts on “Achaea janata moth

    1. Graham Post author

      Thanks. I like it when they give a clue as to their identity. so many moths look very similar, so a flash of color, or black and white, can make identification a lot easier.

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