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Clear-winged Tiger Moth

Cosmosoma teuthras


Also known as wasp moths, C. teuthras is a beautiful species. It has clear wings as its name suggests with black and rusty-red veining. The thorax is also rusty-red with the abdomen being black with bright metallic blue spots running down each side. The antennae are long with feathering along the inner edge.


Found in a friends garden in the foot hills along with many other species.


Having done some research into the whole Cosmosoma family, there are several species that look very similar but given this ones location and general identification characteristics I believe this is correct but if anyone has another idea, please share with me.

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triggsturner 10 months ago

Thank you Neil.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 11 months ago

That's a beauty. Wonderful spotting, Rob.

triggsturner 11 months ago

Thank you for the comment Rach. My friend in Costa Rica put on his moth light at night. In the morning it was like finding a jewel box with most of the surrounding foliage covered with a plethora of brightly coloured species. Quite amazing!

remkinloch 11 months ago

Incredible colouration on this wasp moth, not sure how I missed it before!

triggsturner a year ago

Thank you Bayucca, appreciate the confirmation.

bayucca a year ago

Yes, it is Teuthras. The other one would be Cingulatum, which looks slightly different.

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Provincia Alajuela, Costa Rica

Spotted on Apr 9, 2018
Submitted on Jul 28, 2019

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