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Zygaenid Moth

Soritia cf. leptalina

Description:

Pure yellow wings with four black thumb strokes towards the end of the wings. Has a red head and white neck. Belly is striped with alternating red and black. Legs are black. Length: 25 mm.

Habitat:

Urban street.

Notes:

Spotted this pretty looking moth one morning by the side of the road while on the way to my clinic. It was perhaps looking for a place to rest or hide it kept on moving. Getting a sharp focus was thus a problem. I picked it with a twig and deposited at a safe place among the nearby bush.

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Zygaenid Moth (female)
Soritia cf. leptalina Soritia leptalina Gangtok | Flickr - Photo Sharing!


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2 Comments

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 6 years ago

Thanks Jacob for the ID and the ref. I appreciate all the research you've done for this beautiful moth.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 6 years ago

Please verify! Zygaenidae, Chalcosiinae, Soritia sp. Although this one most closely matches S. leptalina in photos I've found, I suggest labeling this one as Soritia cf. leptalina due to the slight variations in the pictures below and the lack of many pictures of this species online.

http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/itchydogim...

DrNamgyalTSherpa
Spotted by
DrNamgyalTSherpa

Gangtok, Sikkim, India

Spotted on Dec 19, 2014
Submitted on Dec 21, 2014

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