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Ignita Wasp Moth

Chrysocale ignita


small moth, damaged wing, multi colored iridescence looks like gasoline in a puddle


clouforest, 2500m


I spotted this moth resting on a bush. It couldn't fly so I was able to take a lot of photos of it. I've never seen a moth with these colours.

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca 9 years ago
Ignita Wasp Moth
Chrysocale ignita Chrysocale ignita - Overview

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Ornithoptera80 2 years ago

The color is like a rainbow(:

bayucca 2 years ago

Now we got some additional infos and confirmation of the ID!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 8 years ago

Cool, thanks again bayucca. Pretty cool postcard.

bayucca 8 years ago

Just another probably valid link, since the first one would be redirected into anywhere...

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Very cool spot :)

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 9 years ago

Thanks Adrian, Glen and Frazier.

bayucca 9 years ago

Thanks, Scott! That was an ID where I felt like Inspector Colombo eh.. Colombia...

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Excellent, Dan AND bayucca!

Glen Marks
Glen Marks 9 years ago

Very nice!

Adrián Encontrado
Adrián Encontrado 9 years ago

those shades are amazing

bayucca 9 years ago

Welcome :-)))!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 9 years ago

Wow! I thought this moth was special but not to this extent. I appreciate all of your hard work with this one bayucca. I'm glad you enjoyed the search for this so much. Hopefully I have more spots that will be just as exciting. Thanks everyone for the comments too.

LaurenZarate 9 years ago

Spectacular! A sunrise moth :)

bayucca 9 years ago

Arctiidae, Ctenuchinae, Chrysocale sp. and most probably Chrysocale ignita. Unfortunately you will not find any picture of it, you: Congrats!! You probably have found the very first and only native moth! Take care of it!
Let's explain you my ID:
American Fauna from Seitz 1940:
2 species: Histiaea and Calonotus, both are completely outdated. Calonotos (os!) still exists, but looks different.
So, I remembered one I once IDed:
Other one, but with a wrong ID:
Genus Chrysocale, quadruple cross check with all other name from Seitz (Regalis, Ferens, Gigantea): Yes, they still exists, but no Ignita:
EOL shows the name, so the taxon really and actually exists:
But still nothing with my construction of Chrysocale and Ignita from the old reference from Seitz. Then all of a sudden: Here we go!!
The link is no more active, that's why I probably did not found the picture. So, this is the link from the google search.
I hate looking for Chrysocale, you first got hundreds of Chrysler cars. With green beetles of Brazil, it is even worser.
That was one of my most exciting IDs ever! Enjoy and be happy and proud of your Chrysocale ignita!

Carly Brooke
Carly Brooke 9 years ago

Oh man I really hope someone can ID this beauty!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 9 years ago

Super cool!

Smith Zoo
Smith Zoo 9 years ago


Dan Doucette
Spotted by
Dan Doucette

Risaralda, Colombia

Spotted on Dec 21, 2012
Submitted on Apr 1, 2013

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