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Saturniid moth

cf Copaxa lavendera and flavina

Description:

Large colourful moth as in the photo. From the antennae I assume a female.

Habitat:

Rainforest. In the grounds of the Hydro 'reserve' of the huge dam above the town of Santa Maria. Altitude around 1100 m?

Notes:

Location was at 04º49.470’S, 073º15.607’W which I can not sort on the map. The genus seems certain but I can't find anything to show which might be in Peru.

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Saturniid moth
Copaxa flavina Lepidoptera Barcode of Life


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9 Comments

Les Catchick
Les Catchick 3 years ago

I am not not an expert on moths. In quite a few types the males have feathery antennae and these are not feathery. However, whether that is the case in this genus I am not certain.
Thus I may be wrong.

Maria dB
Maria dB 3 years ago

Nice spotting! Could you explain for Noah members what it is about the antennae that makes you think it is a female? Thanks!

Machi
Machi 3 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Les Catchick
Les Catchick 3 years ago

Thanks Mark.
They do look almost the same to me. I can find these in Brazil but there seems to be little detail as to where the various copaxa species are found.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

Nice find Les. I think it's most likely Copaxa flavina given location.

Les Catchick
Les Catchick 3 years ago

I guess that does happen.

Ornithoptera80
Ornithoptera80 3 years ago

It is probably a stray that came from the Honduras

Les Catchick
Les Catchick 3 years ago

On Wikipedia this moth should not be in Peru, but it certainly seems to look right to me.
Perhaps someone can sort that.

Les Catchick
Les Catchick 3 years ago

Thank you very much.
From what I have seen of other photos of this species which show feathered antennae they will I assume be males and this will be a female.

Les Catchick
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Les Catchick

Cundinamarca, Colombia

Spotted on Aug 27, 2019
Submitted on Nov 7, 2019

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