Gary Hevel, a researcher with the department of entomology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, said the insect is known as a Creatonotos gangis moth.
Hevel said in an email to The Washington Post that the moth in the video appears to be using its scent glands — those strange little tentacles — to attract a mate.
He said the glands, which are in the moth’s abdomen, are typically deflated.
The moths are found across Southeast Asia and parts of Australia, according to an online database, which states:
The adult moth of this species has brown forewings, each with a broken dark streak. The hindwings are white. The abdomen is red or sometimes yellow. The males have four reversible coremata at the tip of the abdomen which emit pheromones, each when inflated is longer than the abdomen. The moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms.
Some who commented on the Facebook post also helped to hash out what kind of moth it might be and explained how the moth was utilizing its pheromones.
“Beautiful!” one person wrote.
Still, many people expressed a more common sentiment: “im now also scared of moths.”