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Wood-like Moth


A beautiful wood-like moth, light brown with thin darker lines on the upper wings and abdomen. The thorax and head are dark brown and hairy and unusually, the eyes are spotted! At rest, the tip of the abdomen is turned upwards. About 2.5 cm long.


Came to an ultraviolet light, Finca Argovia, Ruta de Café, Soconusco Area of Chiapas, about 2 hours north of Tapachula.


Emily Newman
Emily Newman 7 years ago

It looks like a moth in the Plagodis genus, but I haven't been able to find any species that is an exact match.

LaurenZarate 7 years ago

You are right Sukanya, your moth is remarkably similar to this one! And you are also right about the wind-borne seed resemblance, I didn't see it before, but it does look like the double Samara Seeds of Maples, Elms and Ashes. Very cool. Maybe it fools bats?,wh....

SukanyaDatta 7 years ago
I got something similar once (in India) ...take a look if you like. The texture is so similar.

LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Thank you DrNamgyalT.Sherpa :) Hope we can get an identification!

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 7 years ago

This one looks something special!

LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Thank you Luis :)

LuisStevens 7 years ago

Amazing find Lauren!

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Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on Nov 18, 2015
Submitted on Apr 9, 2016

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