While in Malaysia, this photographer who explores the wonders of nature recently showed us another rarely-seen animal – the Brahmaea hearseyi moth. David Weiller captured wonderful HD footage of a giant Brahmin moth sitting calmly on a branch in Sabah, Borneo.
These species can be found in the Northeast Himalayas, Western China, Sundaland, Burma, and the Philippines. One of these places, Sabah, Borneo, is where this photographer encountered the peculiar moth.
David Weiller said that he picked up wildlife photography as a hobby in 2008 when he traveled to Africa with his friend and wildlife photographer Thomas Marent who was taking pictures for his primate book. “This was a lucky find as it was attracted at night to the light of my bungalow in the rainforest. When I saw it, freshly hatched and with its striking patterns, I was so surprised. After observing it fly around the light for a while, it settled for the night on a nearby tree trunk.”
When he was asked about the process of making this video, he said: “Some shots need maybe 1 day or 1 week to get, this was simple shot, moths are relatively easy to take pictures of in the cold hours of the early morning as they are not yet warm enough to fly away and stay relatively still. The next morning, at dawn, it was still sitting quietly on the same spot. I set up my tripod, camera, and macro lens, and started to take a few pictures and videos of it slowly getting warm by flapping its wings. A few minutes later, the sun came up and it flew away toward the blue sky.”
This moth belongs to the Brahmin moth family who is known as Brahmaeidae. Their family consists of 7 different genera of nearly 40 different moth species. What makes all of these unique is their intricate wing patterns that simply captivate everyone who encounters them. Brahmaea hearseyi is probably the most bizarre one from its family, as its brown-colored wings could be easily confused with the eyes of a tiger.