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Wasp Moth

Erebidae Amata sp

Description:

A wasp mimic, fairly common where I live, but unable to find matching images on the web, other than Jason’s spotting linked below:

http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/373...

Here is another spotted by Irena, again in Bandung:

http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/230...

I strongly suspect that it is a very localized sub-species.

Habitat:

Adjacent to a small stream. Altitude 1000m.

Notes:

The bug world needs a specialized amata web site. So many ID problems around this genus of moths. To be run by an enthusiastic expert.

No species ID suggestions

2 Comments

folicallychalled
folicallychalled 4 years ago

Thanks Bayucca - it is unfortunate that they don't have a clearer image of the body patterns, as all the specimens photographed around Bandung are consistent with the dorsal triangular patterns, starting with the inverted T just behind the thorax.

Also unfortunate that these moths never seem to spread their wings for a clear view. I have a couple of images with slightly better wing views, is it acceptable to post them with this spotting?

It seems that examination of the genitalia is the only way to go. If I had instructions, I could attempt this dissection and photograph the findings, as well as a detailed photographic record of the wing.

Dave

bayucca
bayucca 4 years ago

Amata exapta is my closest guess, but I would need to see the markings on the wings more clearly and even then it is only a guess. Happy 2015 anyway...

Jawa Barat, Indonesia

Lat: -6.85, Long: 107.58

Spotted on Dec 31, 2014
Submitted on Dec 31, 2014

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