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Saffron Playboy

Xanthiris flaveolata


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.

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pamsai 5 years ago

Wow, beautiful moth Bayucca... Congrats on SOTD.

bayucca 5 years ago

Thanks, my friends! This really was a gorgeous encounter!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Good looking moth. Congratulations.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 5 years ago

Congrats bayucca! Beautiful spotting!

SukanyaDatta 5 years ago

A moth so colourful deserves a name like that...does it live up to great expectations? Congratulations and thanks for sharing. It brightened up a rainy day.

LaurenZarate 5 years ago

Congratulations bayucca! Gorgeous moth!

Fantastic find Dominic,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

DanielePralong 5 years ago

What a find, with a name to match! Congratulations bayucca, your Saffron Playboy is our Spotting of the Day:

#NationalMothWeek continues to surprise us with this stunning member of the family Geometridae as our Spotting of the Day! The aptly named Saffron Playboy (Xanthiris flaveolata) is distributed throughout most of tropical South America. Bright yellow and black color themes seem common amongst neotropical day-flying moths, and are likely to indicate aposematism.

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maplemoth662 5 years ago

A beautiful butterfly....beautiful colors....

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Zamora Chinchipe, Ecuador

Spotted on Dec 17, 2017
Submitted on Jul 28, 2018

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