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Saturniid moth

cf Copaxa lavendera and flavina


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


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


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.

2 Species ID Suggestions

copaxa lavendera Copaxa lavendera - Galerie - ACTIAS
Saturniid moth
Copaxa flavina Lepidoptera Barcode of Life

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Les Catchick
Les Catchick 5 hours 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 11 hours ago

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

Les Catchick
Les Catchick 2 days ago

I guess that does happen.

ornithoptera80 3 days ago

It is probably a stray that came from the Honduras

Les Catchick
Les Catchick 3 days 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 days 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


Lat: 4.49, Long: -73.16

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

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