Is Lyssa zampa back? Send me your records!

I have had a few records trickle in, enough to get me hopeful. Will we see more of Lyssa zampa this year? There is a peak emergence around the mid-year, which is difficult to detect annually, but can make an impression every few years, with the public sharing records with each other, and from unlikely places too.

Trying to determine an emergence peak is never an easy thing to try in the tropics. We lack the distinct patterns of seasonality of temperate regions but still, observers of nature can sniff out “seasons” after years of observation.

Lyssa zampa is the second largest of our moths and makes an impression with children and adults alike. Chatting with my older volunteers, we realise island-wide sightings have become less obvious with the reduction of vegetation cover.

In 2005, Lyssa zampa made a big impression and I collected sightings from around the island. The next big emergence was 2010, on a slightly smaller scale. Local naturalists are alert about such things now, do do keep a lookout and alert me. Is this a ‘murmur’ year or a year of distinct emergence?

The photo above was sent to me just now by Lim Chen Kee, from my International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS) team. He also sent me pictures in 2005, after an ICCS meeting! He was a undergrad then!

Please help by submitting records of encounters here: and we’ll figure out what’s the emergence pattern like this year.

For old stories of Lyssa zampa, see Habitatnews
and this blog.

Happy hunting!


14 thoughts on “Is Lyssa zampa back? Send me your records!

  1. Can I know if there is a proper way to identify them? I’ve seen big moths in King Edward VII Hall before, but not sure if it is Lyssa zampa.

  2. Hello, we have just seen this lovely moth in our kitchen last night. Missing one of its tails but otherwise looked fine. Near Orchard.

  3. Definitely in season again… Had seen large moths fluttering around in the night a few times in CCK in the past week but was too dark to identify them. It’s raining tonight and I have one in my house and another perching outside the window. The one in my house just dive bombed me when i switched on the lights to visit the loo and gave me a shock :/

  4. There are a lot of them sticking onto the SGX building yesterday and today. More than 11 at last count. The are invading shenton way. Wonder what’s happening

  5. thought I saw one near springleaf tower in tanjong pagar! I remember thinking whoa that’s one huge and furry looking moth!

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