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Scoop Wing Moth

Description:

A very unusual Moth with the hind wings held down and folded into an irregular shape. It must help hide the shape of the moth when resting on bark. About 7 mm long. It rests similar to the Plume Moths. Family Uraniidae, Subfamily Epipleminae.

Habitat:

Came to an ultraviolet light in the garden, San Cristobal de Las Casas, 2,200 meters.

Notes:

Based on the color pattern and the wrinkle lines in the wings, I suspect that the last two pictures are the same moth with it's wings extended.

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago
Scoopwing Moth
Epipleminae


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2 Comments

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Thank you bayucca, really nice to know what this is :)

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

Uraniidae, Epipleminae.

LaurenZarate
Spotted by
LaurenZarate

Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on Apr 15, 2013
Submitted on Apr 16, 2013

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