After a long hike, she and her videographer reached a riverbank with many kinds of insects buzzing around. This is where male clearwing moths would gather to collect salt from between rocks to give to females as a gift during mating rituals.
Volponi remembered how she had just been thinking how difficult it is to spot clearwing moths in the wild when she looked down and saw one — but this clearwing wasn't like any other she'd ever seen: It was bright blue. "It’s not H. pahangensis, which we came here for, it must be something new," she remembered. "I haven’t seen anything like it before!"