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Noctuid Moth

Artena dotata


A superbly camouflaged moth having a wingspan of 5cm and 4cm long was found sitting on the forest floor in the forest litter.


Sitting on forest floor in the forest litter at Phansad WildLife Sanctuary


Even on close approach, the moth was sure of its camouflage, did not budge / fly off. So well is the camouflage. It can be spotted only when one sees it flying and then sees it settle to a spot. If already settled, no chances of spotting this moth!


acewings.ajay 11 years ago

Thank you NuwanChathuranga, Martinl & Ashish.

NuwanChathuranga 11 years ago

Hi bayucca, what do you think about this moth's ID...

NuwanChathuranga 11 years ago

i think it's safe to edit your spotting as Artena dotata.
martin's link is also a trusted one (Ryan brookes moth collection is one of the best when id'ing indian moths)
and here is the Moths of Bornio site's page
@Ashish, thanks :-)

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

I think Nuwan is most trusted user on Asian Moths and Butterflies.

MartinL 11 years ago

acewings, (I love your name). PN guidelines indicate that when you are unsure about an ID and you get three votes in the top corner of the suggestion panel, you can consider it to be very likely correct. Other experts will add to the vote only when they are confident.
I am unsure of the ID and agree with the differences you noted. However, I have found an image that looks much closer. Remember that the source (Flickr) is not conclusive.

acewings.ajay 11 years ago

NuwanChathuranga, are you sure? (I know zero about moths).

I googled your ID suggestion - looks different, but still is a close match. Should I label it as your suggested ID?

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Maharashtra, India

Spotted on Sep 30, 2012
Submitted on Oct 3, 2012

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