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Red Tiger Moth

Cyanopepla sp.


An almost completely scarlet Tiger Moth with small black borders around the wings. The thorax also has two lateral scarlet stripes. The head, thorax and abdomen have metallic blue hairs and scales. The underwings are black with a tiny red band on the upper edge. From the underside, an interrupted red band is visible on the underwings, which is not visible on the upper side (see 4th picture). The bottom of all the wings have a white edging. About 1 cm long. I haven't seen this one before. This is a female, she laid 90 yellow eggs (last picture) on 26 Sept 18. The eggs hatched on the 10th of October (15 days). See spotting: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/139.... Family Erebidae, Subfamily Arctiinae.


Garden lights, semi-rural residential area, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico 2,200 meters.


This may be Cyanopepla griseldis (http://data.nhm.ac.uk/dataset/56e711e6-c...). The specimens in the article are from Mexico City. This specimen differs from that of C. griseldis in having more red on the upper wing, a white fringe along the lower margins of the under wings (and part of the upper wings) as well as more red coloring on the underside of the lower wings.

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LaurenZarate 10 months ago

Thank you Philip!

philipmarkheath2 10 months ago

A really wonderful moth!

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San Cristóbal, Chiapas, Mexico

Lat: 16.72, Long: -92.61

Spotted on Sep 25, 2018
Submitted on Oct 4, 2018

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