This big fellow came to visit my kitchen (in Hong Kong) a bit earlier.
It is brown with some longitudinal white stripes, banana/boomerang-shaped patterns towards the middle, and an eye-like marking on each forewing tip. Picture below.
What kind of butterfly is it?


I helped it find the exit in the meantime, not before taking a lot more pictures.

  • $\begingroup$ Can you please add where your kitchen is located? $\endgroup$
    – Chris
    Commented Jun 14, 2014 at 16:18
  • $\begingroup$ People can't search by image very easily. Could you please add a text description of it to help people find it? $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 16, 2014 at 9:21
  • $\begingroup$ @HighlyIrregular I'm not sure how to describe it.. brown butterfly (well.. moth) with white stripes? Any suggestions? $\endgroup$
    – aditsu
    Commented Jun 16, 2014 at 13:06
  • $\begingroup$ @aditsu, something like that is good. The marking on the front tip of the wing looks a little like an eye too. I'd describe some of the other markings as boomerang or banana shaped, and v-shaped. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 16, 2014 at 22:30
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    $\begingroup$ @HighlyIrregular I added a description, you can suggest changes if you want. $\endgroup$
    – aditsu
    Commented Jun 18, 2014 at 9:43

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It isn't a butterfly, it's a saturnid moth - Samia canningi, also known as the wild eri silkworm moth.

There is a good image on Flickr here, and some more information here.

  • $\begingroup$ Oh wow, something about its coloring and behavior seemed to say "moth", but I couldn't believe that a moth could be so big and so beautiful. $\endgroup$
    – aditsu
    Commented Jun 15, 2014 at 0:33
  • $\begingroup$ It's related to the largest sprcies of moth - the Atlas moth. $\endgroup$
    – Alan Boyd
    Commented Jun 15, 2014 at 6:21
  • $\begingroup$ A lot of those Samia look alike, I'm impressed that you could identify the exact one. $\endgroup$
    – aditsu
    Commented Jun 15, 2014 at 8:25

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