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Princely Tiger Moth

Chrysocale principalis

Description:

Striking Tiger Moth, shining in metallic hues of purple, yellow, green, and orange. About 2cm body length, with black head and thorax covered in hair; abdomen is striped purple and orange; the feathery antennae (male?) produce a green sheen depending on light. Forewings have a metallic purple section and a yellow one, which becomes more green towards the wing tips. This moth also has a number of white spots: on thorax three behind the head and two more towards the abdomen, two on the base of the abdomen and a row along each side of it, at the base of the forewings and several on the black sections on the wings.

Habitat:

Montane pine forest in Sierra Chincua, at around 3000m above sea level in Michoacán, Mexico.

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14 Comments

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 4 years ago

Thanks, triggs.

triggsturner
triggsturner 4 years ago

Belated congrats Felix. A stunning moth!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 4 years ago

True, they have no idea! Thanks Leuba.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 4 years ago

Almost too good to be real ! Thanks for sharing this Felix. I wish these little creatures knew how beautiful they look...

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 4 years ago

Thank you for the kind words, elaphrus.

elaphrus
elaphrus 4 years ago

Such a beauty! This picture made my day.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 4 years ago

Thank you Polilla, James, and António! :-)

Beautiful capture Felix,congrats on the SOTD and thanks for sharing

JamesPriest2
JamesPriest2 4 years ago

Wow how beautiful

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 4 years ago

Thank you all for the kind words and the SOTD! Always a great pleasure.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Spectacular moth. Congratulations.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago

Congratulations Felix! This striking moth is our Spotting of the Day!

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DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago

What a beauty!

Diaz José Miguel
Diaz José Miguel 4 years ago

Wow! que hermosura! Increíble!

Felix Fleck
Spotted by
Felix Fleck

Michoacán de Ocampo, Mexico

Spotted on Feb 6, 2017
Submitted on Feb 9, 2017

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