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Geometrid moth

Pingasa cf lariaria


A striking specimen of the widespread and "populous" genus Pingasa which may well be Pingasa lariaria. A datapoint in the same general area of the spotting in northern Papua can be seen on a map here


Captured on a wall on a campus nestled in the foothills of the Cyclops mountains. The campus is surrounded by village gardens and disturbed forest.


My daughter photographed this extraordinary moth at her school.

2 Species ID Suggestions

Geometrid moth
Pingasa sp. ::The Moths of Borneo::

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Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 6 years ago

Thanks grm1431

Very beautiful Moth

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 6 years ago

Thanks António! I'll let my daughter know :-)

Beautiful Scott,it looks like a draw,very cool range of collour,congrats and thanks for sharing

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 6 years ago

Thanks Toshimi & Dilan

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 6 years ago

Nice shot!!!

ToshimiDowaki 6 years ago

Wonderful moth!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 6 years ago

Thanks Maria & Bhagya!

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 6 years ago

nice one.....

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Gorgeous pattern and coloring!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 6 years ago

Thanks Luis, DrNamgya & Daniele!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 6 years ago

Thank you Nuwan and Marta for your suggestions! The Papua Insects list that is my main reference unfortunately does not yet include the subfamily that contains Pingasa. While I am confident this is indeed the genus, and that it may well be Pingasa lariaria, I am going to wait on the species since there are so many species in the genus, and my reference list is incomplete. I will keep looking. :-)

DanielePralong 6 years ago

What a beauty Scott!

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 6 years ago

Your daughter's spotted jewel!

LuisStevens 6 years ago

Beautiful moth!

Scott Frazier
Spotted by
Scott Frazier


Spotted on Dec 5, 2013
Submitted on Dec 5, 2013

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