May 30, 2008

Gynandromroph Moth

You're looking at an incredibly rare gynandromorph moth (great rock band name!). This Antheraea frithi moth has a female left half and a male right half, as shown in the pattern of its wings. This is so rare, that the Natural History Museum of London, where this moth is located, has only 200 such specimens among their 9 million butterflies and moths.

This moth isn't ugly at all. In fact, I
can think of several 70s rock and roll artists who are very jealous of this moth.

Thanks for the link, Asa.

Photo source: The Great Beyond


wolfpurplemoon said...

I think you mean hermaphrodite rather than androgynous.

It is quite pretty!

Kit said...

I must now compare it to Godzilla! However, I doubt these moths get 50' wingspans and terrorize Tokyo.
And which side is which? I think there was a typo up in the description, unless it's left side is both and the right side is just confused about what's going on.

Annica said...

I'm curious; is it bi-sexual??

Raging Wombat said...

wolfpurplemoon - I changed the blog title. Thanks.

Kit - I fixed the description. Thanks.

Annica - it has portions of both reporoductive organs, but none of it is functional. This is a sterile moth.

Theodosia said...

Holy gender disfunction, Batman!

Anonymous said...

It that a picture of David Bowie???

Raging Wombat said...


pottergirl11 said...

Lol. Thats hilarious.