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Leopard tortrix

Pseudatteria leopardina


A colourful day-flying metalmark moth - around 1-2 cm body. Who said moths were dull?


Side of the Manu Road through rainforest and where a stream crossed the road. Altitude around 1400 m.


One of many great day-flying moths seen in this region, but very few were metalmarks. ID would be very welcome.

No species ID suggestions

29 Comments (1–25)

Les Catchick
Les Catchick 2 days ago

Thanks Polilla.
I am tending to upload insects that I like but have no idea what they are on this site. Few are as appealing to me as this one.

Polilla 2 days ago

Congrats, Les! Looking forward to more of your spottings.

Les Catchick
Les Catchick 2 days ago

Thanks for telling me how to search Daniele.
I can't see it Mark!

DanielePralong 2 days ago

Hi Les! The criteria for nomination and voting in SOTW are listed in the nomination comment you received. For searches, there is a Search bar under the Organisms page. Type in metalmark moth and you'll get lots of hits. You can also search from Google using Project Noah + any keyword of your choice.

Les Catchick
Les Catchick 2 days ago

Thanks triggsturner, Gilmar and DrN.
Clearly being chosen for whatever reason for SOTW gives photos far more coverage.
I have not yet worked out how I could search for thongs on Project Noah as I would like to see other metallic moths.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 2 days ago

Congrats Les Catchick for the SOTW!

Congratulations, Les Catchick. Great spotting!

triggsturner 2 days ago

Nice one Les, congrats on your SOTW.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 days ago

Done :)

AaronCDavid 4 days ago

Hello to all, if you could also help me to ID this

Les Catchick
Les Catchick 4 days ago

Thanks for responding.
Though this was my star day-flying moth, I saw so many I really like that I think I will start to upload a few more over the coming weeks.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 4 days ago

Congratulations Les ! Looks like an African chieftain with a cat skin cloak.
and yes, I am related to Mark; he's my husband.

Les Catchick
Les Catchick 4 days ago

Thanks Leauba (related to Mark?), Sergio and Mark.
It was my favourite of very many nice day-flying moths seen on the trip.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 days ago

Fabulous moth. Congratulations Les.

Congratulations Les.

DanielePralong 4 days ago

Congratulations Les, this striking moth has been voted Spotting of the Week!


Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 days ago

beautiful !

Les Catchick
Les Catchick 6 days ago

Thanks. I had not picked up that information. Not often moths (as opposed to butterflies) are used.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 days ago

ID looks good to me Les. Did you notice it was used on one of Paraguay's postal stamps?

Les Catchick
Les Catchick a week ago

Thanks. The moth is great but I can't say that about my information on it!

DanielePralong a week ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated Les!

Les Catchick
Les Catchick a week ago

The Manu Road is fantastic for wildlife. It is mainly visited by birders but is unbelievably good for insects. Not easy to reach.

Polilla a week ago

Terrific. A must see place, Manu.

Les Catchick
Les Catchick a week ago

Thanks Mark.
I am delighted on the few occasions I see a metalmark moth, just sorry none of my photos were sharp.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a week ago


Kosñipata, Cusco, Peru

Lat: -13.05, Long: -71.33

Spotted on Nov 16, 2016
Submitted on Jan 11, 2017

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