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Yellow-Banded Wasp Moth

Syntomeida ipomoeae


found around 10-12 of them scattered across mangrove trees. size: as big as a manicured fingernail

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca 8 years ago
Amata sp. Amata aperta

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bayucca 8 years ago

Syntomeida ipomoeae is a US species and not found in your area. Please, update your ID. It is an Amata sp., however, not Amata aperta from the link. It is just an example for the species. At the moment we are discussion the Amatas from the Philippines, but until know we didn't have a clue on it. Yours is most probably be the same as this one:

Yes, Ceryx was in my option only because you mentioned it. Otherwise, i have no idea ;-)

bayucca 8 years ago

As you may noticed I added the Ceryx genus as well ;-)... I must admit, that I did not focused much of the antennae colors (which I usually do)...
Philippines are definitely out of my usual range, there are better folks than me to get closer, but I agree: Try to follow the Ceryx genus!

look this pic of ceryx has white tips

yay tricky group indeed! you have all the good points but the white tip just gave it away.. do you have any other idea? im not so familiar wasp moths..

bayucca 8 years ago

Good argument! OK, it's your turn to search the web for genus/species... ;-)... I still think it might (!) be an Amata sp., it is a very common genus in East Asia and Australia.

wow how can they be so similar! but the one that I have has white-tipped antennae

bayucca 8 years ago

Another possibility might be the genus Ceryx:
Anyway, a tricky group!

bayucca 8 years ago

I am not 100% sure, but I think that Syntomeida is a neotropical wasp moth found also in US, but not in Asia. I think yours is an Amata sp., Amata aperta looks quite similar, but there are other Amata sp. which looks very similar as well and separation might be tricky. Take it as a hint to get closer in your area.

Cebu, Philippines

Spotted on Nov 25, 2011
Submitted on Apr 11, 2012

Spotted for Mission

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