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Leopard Moth

Hypercompe caudata

Description:

A moth from the dry forest surrounding Guayllabamba.

Habitat:

Dry forest

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago
Leopard Moth
Hypercompe sp. BOLD Systems: Taxonomy Browser


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4 Comments

GustavoMorejon
GustavoMorejon 7 years ago

I will send it to Piñas at the Catholic University of Quito, to check.

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

Hmm, I found one report from Venezuela. Typically it is North- and Central American species. I am not sure if this one is really found in Ecuador. It looks very similar to Caudata, I must admit, but that's with most of Hypercompe sp. the case. Personally I still would go with Hypercompe sp.

GustavoMorejon
GustavoMorejon 7 years ago

My guess is Hypercompe caudata, after checking against specimens at the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Quito.

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

Erebidae, Arctiinae, Arctiini, Hypercompe sp., close to Hypercompe cunigunda or Hypercompe ocularia, just to mention 2 common species. There are at least 80 species of Hypercompe in the Americas and I think you need DNA from a native specimen to get seriously down to species level. The size, shape and location of all these spots are important, however, you still have a great variability within the same species! I would go with Hypercompe sp..
http://www.boldsystems.org/index.php/Tax...
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GustavoMorejon
Spotted by
GustavoMorejon

Guayllabamba, Provincia de Pichincha, Ecuador

Spotted on Apr 9, 2013
Submitted on Apr 19, 2013

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