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Polilla Bruja o Emperador (White Witch Moth)

Thysania agrippina


The amazing Witch Moth (Noctuidae family) is the largest Lepidoptera in the world (27 - 32cm wingspan)

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca 9 years ago
White Witch Moth
Thysania agrippina

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Ignacio Gamboa
Ignacio Gamboa 9 years ago

Thanks Maria, huge indeed. You can actually hear the flapping of its wings when flies. It was amazing to see

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Wow, what a huge moth!

Ignacio Gamboa
Ignacio Gamboa 9 years ago

Thanks bayucca, actually mi first thought was T. agrippina but i saw a couple of pictures on the web and this one has a different patterns on the wings. But as you say is the only one i can think about.

And thanks for the info, i have read it was the largest in Costa Rica but not in the world, i'll update the description

bayucca 9 years ago

Thysania agrippina in my eyes, I could not imagine another one. Actually it is the lepidoptera with the largest wingspan of the world (32 cm). The atlas moth has the largest wing area.

Ignacio Gamboa
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Ignacio Gamboa

San José, Costa Rica

Spotted on Jan 14, 2013
Submitted on Jan 14, 2013

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