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Geometridae, Sterrhinae, Xanthiris flaveolata. Cabañas Yankuam, Nangaritza, Provincia de Zamorra-Chinchipe Ecuador A wonderful and fresh example of a male moth. Quite nervous and shy, but usually you will find some others nearby.
Neotropical rainforests, males often getting liquids at puddles and other wet spots. Usually one can see several individuals at the same spot.
This bright yellow is quite common in diurnal moths of the family of Geometridae. Most are in the subfamily of Sterrhinae, genus are Cyllopoda, Smicropus, Xanthiris and Atyriodes and Atyria. It is an aposematic color, meaning or indicating: Most probably I am poisenous or unpalatable, you may try once, but be careful, you would never taste a yellow one again! Males usually are hanging around chasing other males or drinking liquids and minerals for sperm production. Females do not have the time for hanging around and drinking, they are feeding to get power for their eggs and the process of legging the eggs.
Lat: -4.06, Long: -78.91
Spotted on Dec 17, 2017
Submitted on Jul 28, 2018
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