Cyclosia midamia

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The Cyclosia Midamia is a moth. It is extremely fascinating considering its defense mechanism. It disguises itself to look like a butterfly called the blue crown. It secretes a liquid that can be extremely poisonous and sometimes deadly. It can seriously harm humans. They excrete this out of their legs. Though unlike the Monarch butterfly, and so many others the Cyclosia Midamia Produces its own poison made out of the chemical compound cyanide. If a human ingests or touches enough Cyadine they could become seriously injured, and even die. So though these moths aren't pretty on the outside they are on the inside. But don't touch.

Cyclosia midamia
Cylcosia midama 01.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Zygaenidae
Genus: Cyclosia
C. midamia
Binomial name
Cyclosia midamia
  • Epyrgis midama Herrich-Schäffer, [1853]
  • Amesia midama
  • Callamesia midama
  • Chalcosia midama
  • Amesia juvenis Butler, 1879
  • Amesia striata Druce, 1891
  • Amesia trepsichrois Butler, 1883
  • Isbarta extrema Grünberg, 1908
  • Epyrgis hormenia Herrich-Schäffer, 1853
  • Cyclosia latistriga Talbot, 1929
  • Isbarta maassi Grünberg, 1908
  • Cyclosia spilophila Herrich-Schäffer, [1853]
  • Amesia stelligera Herrich-Schäffer, [1853]
  • Cyclosia venusta Herrich-Schäffer, [1853]

Cyclosia midamia is a moth in the family Zygaenidae.[2] It is found in Malaysia and on Borneo. Five subspecies recognized.



  • Cyclosia midamia alcathoe Jordan, 1907
  • Cyclosia midamia dolosa Jordan, 1907 (Java)
  • Cyclosia midamia padangana Jordan, 1907 (Sumatra)
  • Cyclosia midamia submaculans Walker, 1859 (Singapore)
  • Cyclosia midamia trepsichrois Butler, 1883 (Nias)


  1. ^ Cyclosia, Site of Markku Savela
  2. ^ "Species Details : Cyclosia midama Herrich-Schäffer, [1853]". Catalogue of Life. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Beautiful but deadly!". The Butterfly Diaries. 2009-08-26. Retrieved 2018-04-05.

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