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Wasp Mimicking Moth

Isanthrene felderi


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.


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 8 years ago
Wasp Moth
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LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Thank you Pam, yours is gorgeous as well!

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 8 years ago

Thank you Stephen and Leana! :)

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

StephenSolomons 8 years ago

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

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 8 years ago

Actually, this is awesome Lauren.

Telse 8 years ago

Very Nice Lauren.

LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Thank you Argy and drP...

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 8 years ago

Excellent moth!

bayucca 8 years ago

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

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San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

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

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