The moth died before I could photograph it

Unfortunately, the moth died before I could photograph it.

The body length is approximately 2-3Inches. It was much bigger than the moths I usually see. And this is the first moth that I have seen which has a stinger. Does anyone know which moth this is?

This moth was found on Sep 16th in Bangalore, India. (Sorry, I missed this information before)

  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to the Biology Stack Shobana, please take a tour and visit the help center for more information on this site and how it works. Please also edit your question with where you live in the world, as species present vary quite a bit depending on where you are. A large nearby city or a state, even country might be enough for us to get a good ID. $\endgroup$
    – bob1
    Commented Sep 15, 2023 at 22:32
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    $\begingroup$ lots of things are unknown your location and the natur type is two of them.do you know for sure it is a stinger is an other unknown. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 16, 2023 at 6:18
  • $\begingroup$ @trondhansen : I am guessing it is a stinger, I am not completely sure. It felt hard and sharp. $\endgroup$
    – shobana s
    Commented Sep 16, 2023 at 14:09
  • $\begingroup$ without knowing what country or region this is from, @shobanas it is hard to make any progress towards an ID $\endgroup$
    – JimN
    Commented Sep 24, 2023 at 0:10

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Without information about the origin and/or better quality photos of this moth, it reminds me of and could be a member of the subfamily Arctiinae.

What might look as a stinger, is part of its gential apparatus which is usually more or less retracted into the abdomen. Being not too familiar with moths, I guess it should be - depending on the sex - either the ovipositor or the claspers.


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