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Wasp moth

Euchromia formosa


Lepidopteran (African day-flying moth) with narrow yellow-on-black wings with blue spottings, and an oblong abdomen banded with several bright colours; has incredibly clingy legs that adheres to everything including painted metal and can walk it upside down as well (no lizard or frog would want a taste of those legs). So beautiful a creature, I had to watch her recover from a stressful photo-shoot session and then wait for her to fly to safety. I had her intercepted during her visit to some flowering plants in the vicinity, just along her regular flight path. (Opportunities come but once :)

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Carol Snow Milne 2
Carol Snow Milne 2 8 years ago

Very beautiful. Great spot!

dotun55 8 years ago

ID corrected! Thanks everybody, much appreciated :)

bayucca 8 years ago

If you look at the right side of the ID field you see there a + 1, that means there is 1 suggestion. If somebody agrees with this ID, one can just click on the "+" and there will be "+2". If you reach +3 the spotting is correctly IDed and it no longer appears in the unidentified section. This is important for people who check all the unidentified/unknown spottings and will make life easier.
In addition it is also easier for you, just make a second or third "+" instead of copy and paste an existing suggestion. Thanks!

bayucca 8 years ago

It is a Wasp Moth, not a Moth Wasp. It is an Arctiidae from Western Africa, Euchromia formosa. Euchromia elegantissima is an East Asian species. But you got the correct genus! What a wonderful and colorful moth!!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Interesting color combinations!

NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago

beautiful moth !

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Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Spotted on Aug 27, 2012
Submitted on Sep 27, 2012

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