Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Eyetailed Moth

Sematura lunus

Description:

large,4.5", intricately patterned wings, short tails

Habitat:

primary rainforest

Notes:

This was a tough spotting to get. I was surprised my guide even saw it. It was off the trail and on the under side of a leaf on a small shrub. I didn't want to disturb it and risk that it might fly away, so I lied down on the ground on my back and moved slowly until I was underneath it. As you can imagine, there wasn't much under light, so I had to use the flash for it to come out clearly. I only saw this once.

2 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago
Eyetailed Moth
Sematura lunus BOLD Systems: Taxonomy Browser


Sign in to suggest organism ID

17 Comments

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Thanks J!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Spectacular!

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Thanks Carol and Karen!

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Wow!

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 years ago

Incredible! I thought for sure it was related to the Swallowtail.

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Thanks for the group effort ID and the nice comment Leuba. It was special to see this.

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

Uups... You already have done the work ;-)... I just tried to look for a Columbian record, that's why I was late... Good jobs, folks!

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

Sematuridae, Sematurus lunus, sometimes also called Sematura luna or Nothus lunus, male.

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago

Great! thank you Agnes :-)

I think you are right about the Sematura luna ID, Nuwan. This is the male of the species. The one with the white band would be the female. :)
http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2009/10/07/d....

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago

great spot dan! looks like Sematura luna but missing the white band! hope bayucca will help with species level id..

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

What a beauty ! - you are so lucky to have seen this, Dan. Thanks for sharing.

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Me neither Lauren! Thanks Aleja, I have joined the mission and will add my spottings. I have many for it!

AlejaPatiño
AlejaPatiño 8 years ago

Hermosa mariposa!!!
Te recomiendo que te unas a mi nueva misión :)
http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/2031...

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Never saw this before! Beautiful..

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Thank you Gilma.

dandoucette
Spotted by
dandoucette

Amazonas, Colombia

Spotted on Dec 4, 2012
Submitted on Mar 27, 2013

Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors

Join the Project Noah Team Join Project Noah Team