Pyramus (πυραμο&sigmaf); and Thisbe (θισβη)
were lovers who died tragically--Pyramus found Thisbe's blood-stained scarf, assumed she had been killed, and committed suicide with his sword. It seems likely the reference to the story of Thisbe is a reference to the rusty, somewhat blood-like coloration of this moth. Certainly the application of the genus Haemorrhagia
is a reference to blood-like coloration. In support of this idea, Fabricius described a butterfly as Papilio pyramus
in 1781, though this is no longer a valid name. This species, in the Nymphalidae, is now apparently Haematera pyrame
. An image
found on the Internet shows that it has a prominent reddish-orange patch on the upperside of both wings.