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Location: Rural area near the Western Ghats, Kerala, South India.

Date: Sometime in December, 2016

Climatic Conditions: Humid, frequent rains.

Brief Description:

Couldn't have been bigger than an inch. Took the picture at night. Has characteristic orange stripes across wings and dorsal thorax. A pair of black dots present on either wing; one pair located on the distal region of the wings and another (less conspicuous) pair located on the proximal region of the wings (laterally over thorax). No immediate/visible response when I shone a flashlight at it (eventually moved the torch up to the antennae, still no reaction).

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That is a red striped tiger moth. An initial search hasn't found a picture I'm sure is redistributable, so I've linked a Google image search instead.

The number of spots on the wing seem variable. The pictures show examples with four and six spots as well as two spots.

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As discussed on the Physics Stack Exchange chat, this is probably Cyana perornata.

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    $\begingroup$ -1'd because biology deals with scientific names; which are based on documented specimen. The same common/colloquial name can indicate more than 1 things. You would rather put it as a comment. Early acceptance of an incomplete answer hinders the question reach the experts' hand. $\endgroup$ Apr 21, 2017 at 20:24

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