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Gallopavo Moth

Baecula gallopavo

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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

Gallopavo Moth
Baecula gallopavo panamainsects.org | Lepidodes gallopavo


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5 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 months ago

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

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Superb series Lauren.

bayucca
bayucca a year 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!!
http://v3.boldsystems.org/index.php/Taxb...
https://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/data/b...
https://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/27...

Gaia80
Gaia80 a year ago

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

Wowwwwwwwwww

LaurenZarate
Spotted by
LaurenZarate

Chiapas, Mexico

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

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