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Reduced Sericoptera

sericoptera reductata

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RachelleSmith 7 years ago

The habitat I live in is jungle, most all of my pictures come from my backyard or in the dense forest. We have flowers and plants of all varieties surrounding our property so I can usually find some kind of creature hiding somewhere. We live at 2800 ft. and it stays 75 degrees during the day and 70 at night. It is a insect paradise.

bayucca 7 years ago

That's why I am sceptic ;-)...
As a valid compromise I suggest Sericoptera cf. reductata as scientific name.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 7 years ago

That's amazing! Please do keep sharing your beauties with us!

bayucca, I'm sure there are more species than exhibited on BOLD, but checking all of the current species and looking at the submission countries, I found S. reductata to be the best match, with the only Sericoptera specimens from Panama. However, some of Daniel Janzen's finds, such as Sericoptera mahometariaDHJ03, and Sericoptera mahometariaDHJ04, which might prove to be new species in the future are nearly indistinguishable. Of course, with most tropical genera like Sericoptera, it is sometimes best, as you said, to leave the identification at genus level.

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 7 years ago

gorgeous moth!

RachelleSmith 7 years ago

My husband and I put up a black light and a white sheet to see what kind of moths we have around here. We have lived in the Charges National Forest for the last eight years and we haven't seen half of the moths that showed up. We are now hooked on trying to see how many different moths we have here.

bayucca 7 years ago

Jacob, I certainly agree with Sericoptera sp., but I am sceptic about the possibility to get down to species level.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Beautiful moth ! It would be good if you could comment on the habitat and size. Thanks, Rachelle.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 7 years ago

Wonderful find! Sericoptera for sure, S. reductata is the best match I could find.

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