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Madagascan sunset moth Gallery
"I caught a Madagascan sunset moth! Wow, you're not from around here!" —New Horizons

The Madagascan sunset moth (ニシキオオツバメガ, Nishikiootsubamega) is a bug that first appeared in New Horizons.

Donation to the museum[]

In New Horizons[]

In New Horizons, upon donation or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say (with abhorrence):

"The Madagascan sunset moth is said to be the most beautiful moth in the world...a sentiment even I can't deny. While most moths are nocturnal, this one flutters about during the day, making good use of the light. That is, when the daylight reflects off its wings, a kaleidoscope of colors are revealed! Oh! Eh...too bad it has such startling red feet as a caterpillar. I might have found it almost tolerable otherwise. Almost, but not quite."

The Madagascan sunset moth can be found in the butterfly room of the bug exhibit, flying during the day and resting at night.

Capture quotes[]

"I caught a Madagascan sunset moth! Wow, you're not from around here!" —New Horizons

Encyclopedia information[]

New Horizons[]

Encyclopedia Information
NH-encyclopedia-Madagascan sunset moth
"I caught a Madagascan sunset moth! Wow, you're not from around here!"
Current Active Hours 8am to 4pm
Months active (north) April to September
Months active (south) October to March

Further information[]

Main article: Chrysiridia rhipheus on Wikipedia

The Madagascan sunset moth is part of the Uraniidae family of moths, which can be found throughout the tropics and includes both nocturnal and diurnal species. They are well-known for their striking colours and beautiful wing shapes, ranging from browns and whites to vibrant rainbows. The purpose of these colours is to warn predators. Like the Monarch butterfly, the caterpillars of sunset moths eat poisonous plants and accumulate their toxins in their bodies which they retain as adults.

In other languages[]

Madagascan sunset moth
Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese ニシキオオツバメガ Nishikiōtsubamega -
France French Chrysiridia rhipheus (Fr.)
Adriandolo (Ca.)
Spain Spanish Polilla crepuscular -
Germany German Regenbogenfalter -
Italy Italian Urania del Madagascar -
The Netherlands Dutch Adriandolo -
Russia Russian Урания мадагаскарская Uraniya madagaskarskaya -
China Chinese 日落蛾 Rìluòé -
South Korea Korean 마다가스카르비단제비나방 Madagaseukareubidanjebinaba -

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