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Gallopavo Moth

Baecula gallopavo


A truly odd moth that looks more like a lichen or a piece of lava than a moth. It is so covered in different textures that you could spend an hour looking at all its parts under a microscope. A relatively large moth at 2.5 cm in length. It is very calm and docile and rarely moves.


Came to a Black light, Km 15 on the highway between San Cristobal de Las Casas and Tuxtla Gutierrez, on a cliff overlooking the Grijalva River valley, Chiapas, Mexico.

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca 4 years ago
Gallopavo Moth
Baecula gallopavo | Lepidodes gallopavo

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

I'm sure Lauren wouldn't mind me adding common and scientific names. Thank you Lauren and Dominik.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Superb series Lauren.

bayucca 4 years ago

Erebidae, Calpinae, Baecula gallopavo, formerly Lepidodes gallopavo. Found in Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador (reports) and probably also found elsewhere in the neotropics. Holotype is from Venezuela. Fascinating moth!!

Gaia80 4 years ago

Yeah. Wow! I've never seen anything like this, truly an interesting species.


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Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on Jul 22, 2019
Submitted on Jul 26, 2019

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