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Princely Tiger Moth

Chrysocale principalis


Striking Tiger Moth, shining in metallic hues of purple, yellow, green, and orange. About 2cm body length, with black head and thorax covered in hair; abdomen is striped purple and orange; the feathery antennae (male?) produce a green sheen depending on light. Forewings have a metallic purple section and a yellow one, which becomes more green towards the wing tips. This moth also has a number of white spots: on thorax three behind the head and two more towards the abdomen, two on the base of the abdomen and a row along each side of it, at the base of the forewings and several on the black sections on the wings.


Montane pine forest in Sierra Chincua, at around 3000m above sea level in Michoacán, Mexico.

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Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 9 months ago

Thanks, triggs.

triggsturner 9 months ago

Belated congrats Felix. A stunning moth!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 10 months ago

True, they have no idea! Thanks Leuba.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 10 months ago

Almost too good to be real ! Thanks for sharing this Felix. I wish these little creatures knew how beautiful they look...

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 10 months ago

Thank you for the kind words, elaphrus.

elaphrus 10 months ago

Such a beauty! This picture made my day.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 10 months ago

Thank you Polilla, James, and António! :-)

AntónioGinjaGinja 10 months ago

Beautiful capture Felix,congrats on the SOTD and thanks for sharing

JamesPriest2 10 months ago

Wow how beautiful

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 10 months ago

Thank you all for the kind words and the SOTD! Always a great pleasure.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 months ago

Spectacular moth. Congratulations.

DanielePralong 10 months ago

Congratulations Felix! This striking moth is our Spotting of the Day!


DanielePralong 10 months ago

What a beauty!

Diaz José Miguel
Diaz José Miguel 10 months ago

Wow! que hermosura! Increíble!

Michoacán de Ocampo, Mexico

Lat: 19.69, Long: -100.32

Spotted on Feb 6, 2017
Submitted on Feb 9, 2017

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