Woolly Bear and Acropteris Moths


Most moths are nocturnal insects, but this one isn't. Amata huebneri , also known as the woolly bear or wasp moth, is a species of the family Erebidae that lives freely during the day.



The moth has small eyes that don't protrude too far, but it has a keen vision to ensure that everything around it is fine since danger can strike at any time.



Predators such as robber flies and jumping spiders are constantly on the lookout for an opportunity to ambush the moth. Robber flies can easily catch the woolly bear due to its slow flight.


Meanwhile, this moth sleeps all day and only moves actively at night. Even if you touch the moth, it doesn't move because it's fast asleep.


It was too soft for the moth to sleep soundly on just a leaf. Sometimes, the moth has been caught in the jaws of wild predators without even realizing it.


The scientific name for this moth is Acropteris leptaliata . It is a species of moth belonging to the family Uraniidae which was first described by Guenée in 1857 .

All of the images here are my own work, taken with Xiaomi POCO NFC smartphone and an assembled external macro lens.