Hawk moth defence display

Hawk moth defence display

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Caption: Hawk Moth (Adhemarius sexoculata) defence display. When disturbed, this moth hops about on its back displaying a bright red underside with pheromone (sex hormone) brushes extended (white feathery). It is thought that this display is used to deter predators. Hawk moths have long narrow wings and streamlined abdomens which give them the ability for rapid, sustained flight.

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