Framed Day Flying Moth, beautiful Amesia sanguiflua from Vietnam. Frame size is 6" x 6" x 1" deep.
"Zygaenid moths are typically day-flying with a slow, fluttering flight, and with rather clubbed antennae. They generally have a metallic sheen and often prominent spots of red or yellow. The bright colours are a warning to predators that the moths are distasteful – they contain hydrogen cyanide (HCN) throughout all stages of their lifecycle. Unlike most insects with such toxins, they obtain glucosides from feeding on birds-foot trefoil (Lotus), so they can use HCN as a defense. However, they are capable of making HCN themselves, and when in an environment poor in cyanide-producing plants, synthesize it themselves."