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Description:

Small moth about 20mm wingspan, which mimics the paired thorns of an Acacia tree. The hind wings are pressed against the substrate and the front wings tightly rolled when at rest.

Habitat:

Wooded grassland about 4000'ASL, Western Serengeti

Notes:

Possibly one of the Epipleminae?

5 Comments

Davidbygott
Davidbygott 6 years ago



I scrolled thru all the Epiplema species in BOLD and there were some unidentified ones that came close. Guess I'll try to collect one, next time.

bayucca
bayucca 6 years ago

Maybe the ID in the link is wrong??

Davidbygott
Davidbygott 6 years ago

Thanks Bayucca for looking into this. I'm not sure about Epiplema, because my moth has forewings about 2x as long as hindwings, and in most Epiplema spp the ratio seems less extreme.

bayucca
bayucca 6 years ago

Uraniidae, Epipleminae, Epiplema sp., might be Epiplema inconspicua or similar. I don't know how variable these guys are...
http://www.ispot.org.za/sites/default/fi...
http://www.ispot.org.za/node/291465
http://www.boldsystems.org/index.php/Tax...

... Or similar means this:
http://www.boldsystems.org/index.php/Tax...

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 6 years ago

Wonderful mimicry Kibuyu! I hope it gets IDed.

Davidbygott
Spotted by
Davidbygott

Mara, Tanzania

Spotted on Feb 22, 2009
Submitted on Nov 4, 2014

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