Torch ginger and Tussock Moth Calliteara horsfieldii

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Calliteara horsfieldii-moth

I have been growing kantan or torch ginger (Etlingera elatior) for many years now. I use the unopened flower buds for cooking curries to provide the distinct aroma. It is also use in rojak (local spicy fruit salad).

So far the flowers attracted sunbirds although in other locations Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra) has been documented.

Recently I have added the Tussock Moth Calliteara horsfieldii to the fauna associated with this plant (above).

Calliteara horsfieldii cocoon

The cocoon was found attached a leaf (above). In due course a white moth emerged (top, below).

Calliteara horsfieldii-moth

Foo Jit Leang of Seletar Country Club’s Butterfly Garden helped put a name to the moth, supplied the image of the caterpillar shown below and directed me to the paper authored by Dr Leong Tzi Ming on this moth HERE .

Calliteara horsfieldii-cat [FooJitLeang].jpg

YC Wee & Foo Jit Leang
Singapore
9th August 2016

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