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Does anyone recognize this moth? I am having trouble identifying this one. For now, I am calling it the Abominable Snowman Moth.




No species ID suggestions

17 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Ok.. you should get some sleep now bayucca. :-]

bayucca
bayucca 4 years ago

In the meanwhile I am pretty sure it is a Lasiocampidae. Close to Euglyphis sp., which is, however, a huge group of similar lokking moths!

Carly Brooke
Carly Brooke 5 years ago

Euglyphis sp. perhaps?

johnlguerin
johnlguerin 5 years ago

Thanks Bayucca for putting in such an effort to nail this "curiosity" down. I am not having any luck on other sites yet.

johnlguerin
johnlguerin 5 years ago

Mark, I would put the size at about 4cm wingspan.

bayucca
bayucca 5 years ago

OK, I am in the meanwhile "pretty" (whatever this means...) sure it is a Lasiocampidae, Limacodidae or perhaps Notodontidae. But still switching from one to the other the more I look at them...
Just an example for the family:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/414070/bgp...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/andreaskay/...
http://www.americaninsects.net/lep/mires...
http://www.boldsystems.org/index.php/Tax...
http://www.neotropicalmoths.com/Limacodi...
http://bugguide.net/node/view/178/bgpage...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/andreaskay/...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/andreaskay/...
http://www.neotropicalmoths.com/Lasiocam...
http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/speci...
I think I need a rest from these ones to empty and restart my brain...

bayucca
bayucca 5 years ago

Not Cossidae.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 5 years ago

So beautiful! It must just disappear on bark with all that fringe breaking up it's outline.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

:) Incredible looking moth whatever it turns out to be. Can you put some size to it John?

bayucca
bayucca 5 years ago

Yes, maybe, Lymacossipygidae?

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

..yes maybe a bit of everything ;-)

bayucca
bayucca 5 years ago

But we should not forget Limacodidae, Lymantriinae and Megalopygidae, although some of the "features" are not matching. So, I am still not sure about it.

bayucca
bayucca 5 years ago

I am thinking of Cossidae without being that sure.

That is a beauty!! Hope you get an ID, johnlguerin.

Carly Brooke
Carly Brooke 5 years ago

wow! that's crazy. Any luck on whatsthatbug.com?

johnlguerin
johnlguerin 5 years ago

Thanks Cindy. I am having a lot of trouble IDing it. I think it may be a rare one.

Wow, impressive moth.

Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Lat: 21.17, Long: -86.84

Spotted on Feb 2, 2014
Submitted on Feb 10, 2014

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