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Superb False Tiger.

Heraclia superba

Description:

Large day flying moth feeding on nectar.

Habitat:

Near the natural Mystic Lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River outside Livingstone, Zambia.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Ashish
Ashish 7 years ago
Bicoloured Skipper
Abantis sp. (might be bicolor) Abantis


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5 Comments

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Must be following moth. I think I misjudged its antennas....
http://bloggingbutterflies.blogspot.in/2...

JeffCrocombe
JeffCrocombe 7 years ago

After some research I have discovered that it is a moth - Heraclia sp. I think it is superba but it might be africana or geryon. I will do more research to see if I can ID the species for sure.
http://www.africanmoths.com/pages/NOCTUI... http://www.africanmoths.com/pages/NOCTUI...

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

I suggested after verifying antenas and available Abantis genus butterflies and their characteristic then only suggested.

JeffCrocombe
JeffCrocombe 7 years ago

Thanks for the suggestion, it does look a bit like an Abantis sp. on the front wing.... But according to The Butterflies of Zambia by Heath, Newport, and Hancock, there are 8 species in Zambia: tettensis, bamptoni, zambesiaca, paradisea, lucretia, venosa, vidua, and contigua; and this looks like none of them - particularly that red under the hind wing. It seemed too fluttery for one of these skippers too - they are usually swift, vigorous fliers. Maybe a mimic or something...

bhargav.py
bhargav.py 7 years ago

awesome :)

JeffCrocombe
Spotted by
JeffCrocombe

Southern Province, Zambia

Spotted on Dec 26, 2011
Submitted on Oct 3, 2012

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