Found in a photo frame! Can you identify?

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  1. Sazzle1982

    Sazzle1982 New Seed

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    These two poor creatures were in a photo frame, don't know when they date from or where they were captured , can anyone help I'd them. Both are about 3" across
     

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    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    The one one the left looks like a Cecropia moth.
    It looks old to me.
     
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    Sazzle1982 New Seed

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    It is! Thanks SO much. It looks like it might have faded though....they look very grey and red when alive.

    Any idea what sex? I've uploaded better photos of the pair of the now

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    Any idea on what the butterfly might be too?
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    The 'butterfly' is actually a day flying moth. Chrysiridia rhipheus or Madagascan sunset moth. A real exotic beauty!!:)
     
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    Sazzle1982 New Seed

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    Wow! Thanks! You guys are so good at this...I've been searching for about 3 days to find out what they are!

    Anyway of telling whether they're males or females ??
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    The first one appears to be too old and faded to be able to tell if it's a male or female. The male should have some bright red markings but it's hard to tell on your specimen.

    I have found no information on the second one that says males and females are different. The top side and the underside are different colorings but both males and females appear to be the same.
     
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    waretrop Strong Ash Plants Contributor

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    I agree. I have a ton of moths and butterflies on my bedroom wall. These are both labeled Sunset and Atlas. They are beautiful.
     
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    Two beauties Sazzle.

    Hi Barb,..those are also beauties and crystal clear,..in great condition:like:
     
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    waretrop Strong Ash Plants Contributor

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    Hi Phillip Nulty, I have added more butterflies to my wall. I know they have lost their lives needlessly but I love them. Maybe they mount them after they die naturally. I can only hope.
     
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    Hi Barb,..you could post some more shots of them,..well there was a time when Butterfly Collectors searched and mounted Butterflies and back then there was an abundance of Butterflies,..another era,..so you could have some that can no longer be seen or are rare so its good to have them,..they look beautiful.
     

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