Spotting birds at Fraser’s Hill might have been the main objective and seeing beautiful butterflies was a bonus, but the other thing that I was looking forward to was moth. From my memory of my last trip to Kota Kinabalu, I knew there was going to be moths aplenty here. And unlike the butterfly, I hit pay dirt from the word go!
When we reached Fraser on Friday morning, it was raining and we waited at the lodge’s lobby for the rain to stop and not only was it pouring rain, it was also pouring moths. The very first moth was this beauty on one of the wall.
Its wing is damaged and it was found dead on the floor the next day.
Most people prefer butterfly to moth. The first impression of moth is that moth are dark, ugly flurry creatures that fly in the dark like the above moth and this next one that was also in the lodge’s lobby.
But this next one will soon dispel that notion.
A very beautiful green moth. It even has a line of red trimmings all round its wing! Certainly this one does not fit the usual image of moth right? And also to most people, beside being dark, ugly and flurry, moth are also big and scary. Like this dead one that we spotted on the road.
While at the abandoned Jelai Resort, I got this funny shape moth. Kinda like some sort of bat mask.
I continued looking for moth after dinner and found 2 new one in the lobby and restaurant. This leaf shape moth on the ceiling.
And this one that looks like some type of alien bug.
Outside the lodge, I spotted this White beauty on one of the shrub.
Next morning, the moths from the previous days were either dead on the floor or gone so it was only later in the evening that I managed to get some. And this lot is definitely not your usual moth.
This beautiful iridescent moth that looks like dull brown until the flash lit it up to reveal the beautiful pattern and color
This beautiful red and white striped moth that is no bigger than a finger nail
And this one that looks like a lice or a white bed bug and is half the size of my pinkie nail.
And of course the usual brownish moth of which there were 4 different species on the walls
Because this is a birding trip, I didn’t come prepared to take photos of butterfly and moths and these photos were either shot with a 200 mm zoom lens, or the phone camera or a mirrorless camera without flash. Photo quality that up to par but I will settle for what birders call Record shot and that I have 15 of them in one trip.