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Wasp Mimicking Moth

Isanthrene felderi

Description:

This amazing moth is about 1 cm long and even it's behavior was more wasp-like than a moth, even in the drumming movement of the antennae. Family Erebidae, Subfamily Arctiinae. I've never seen this before in Chiapas.

Habitat:

Came to an ultraviolet light in the garden, semi-urban area on the outskirts of San Cristobal de Las Casas, 2,200 meters.

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago
Wasp Moth
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14 Comments

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Thank you Pam, yours is gorgeous as well!

pamsai
pamsai 7 years ago

Awesome photo Lauren... I have to hone my photography skills! Problem is I'm a bit shaky these days (one of the problems of age, it seems!) and I can't get it together to carry a tripod as well as everything else!

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Thank you Stephen and Leana! :)

Extraordinary moth! It looks like an Ichneumon wasp. Great spot and photo Lauren!

StephenSolomons
StephenSolomons 8 years ago

It's a moth? Wow. How excellent! Nice shooting

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Thank you so much Telse and Leuba. It really is an extraordinary moth! Couldn't believe it was real when I saw it.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

Extraordinary. Great find Lauren.

Telse
Telse 8 years ago

Actually, this is awesome Lauren.

Telse
Telse 8 years ago

Very Nice Lauren.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Thank you Argy and drP...

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Thank you bayucca for the identification. I can't find any records for Mexico, but it has been collected in Atitlán, Guatemala which is not far from here and not that different in habitat.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

That's an amazing and beautiful moth. Congratulations.

drP
drP 8 years ago

Excellent moth!

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

Arctiidae, Ctenuchinae, Isanthrene sp. and most probably Isanthrene felderi. Please, verify!

LaurenZarate
Spotted by
LaurenZarate

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on Mar 28, 2013
Submitted on Mar 29, 2013

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