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leaf-mimic moth

Hyperchiria nausica

Notes:

I'm glad this one came to the white sheet. I'd never find this one on a tree!

1 Species ID Suggestions

Saturniid Moth
Hyperchiria carabobensis Saturniid Moth


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16 Comments

Tom15
Tom15 8 years ago

Jakubko thanks for getting this moth identified! I didn't recognize it as the same as the Hyperchiria carabobensis I photographed with the wings open.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

I apologize for the suggestion even though you had the ID. I didn't come across your own photo until after when I Googled "Hyperchiria."

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Here is another photo you took, showing the hindwings.
http://www.pbase.com/tmurray74/image/133...

I could also see this being Hyperchiria nausica, although in H. nausica, it looks like the black on the inside of the forewing connects only sometimes. The two species may not even be identifiable by a photo.

Hyperchiria nausica:
http://www.boldsystems.org/index.php/Tax...

Hyperchiria carabobensis:
http://www.boldsystems.org/index.php/Tax...

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Hyperchiria sp., the moths in this genus and related genera are very variable and can be sexually dimorphic to an extent, so the species ID is tentative. I'm basing it primarily in the link in the suggestion. The fourth pair of photos in the link look absolutely identical to yours, so as long as the ID made in the comments below the photos is correct, I think it may be safe to call this one Hyperchiria carabobensis.

Hyperchiria:
http://www.boldsystems.org/index.php/Tax...

Hyperchiria carabobensis:
http://www.boldsystems.org/index.php/Tax...

Hyperchiria guatemalensis looks similar too:
http://www.boldsystems.org/index.php/Tax...

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Thanks Tom, I'll check out the link.

Tom15
Tom15 8 years ago

Karen, to my eye it looks like it belongs in the same family. If you Google the family a lot comes up with quite a few with the lower wings expanded out beyond the top wings. https://www.google.com/search?q=Lasiocam...

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Lovely!
Tom, can you take a look at this & let me know if it is the same family? http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/167... Thanks!

Tom15
Tom15 8 years ago

Thanks Mayra.

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

Fascinating!

Tom15
Tom15 8 years ago

Thanks RieloS and Nuwan. It looks something like this one from Malaysia: http://www.flickr.com/photos/17487183@N0...

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago

Family Lasiocampidae

RiekoS
RiekoS 8 years ago

Amazing.

Tom15
Tom15 8 years ago

Thanks drP, and Donna the moth was about 1 inch long.
Jakubko, that other moth looks the same or closely related. Hopefully some day these will be identified.

DonnaBollenbach
DonnaBollenbach 8 years ago

Great camouflage. How big is this moth?

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Wonderful! Here is a very very similar species here on PN, although unknown as well:
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/126...

drP
drP 8 years ago

Wow, what a mimic!

Tom15
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Olanchito, Honduras

Spotted on Mar 27, 2011
Submitted on Feb 26, 2013

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