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Uraniid Moth



about 1 in


disturbed forest, urban


I spotted this moth sleeping during the day while hiking on a huge, partially forested hill behind the town of Salento. It's not very wild at all but had enough vegetation and forest cover that I consistently spotted cool things the few times I hiked there. I used a very wide aperture (f/2.8) because it was dark in the forest and I didn't want to raise the ISO too much, so it was tough to get the entire moth in focus because it was distinctly ridged. Both photos together give a clear image, if I only knew how to layer them in Photoshop!

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Ursula 7 years ago

wow-what a shape! :)

dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks bayucca. Your guess is better than mine, so to be safe I just stuck with the family for ID.

bayucca 7 years ago

Should be an Uraniidae, Epipleminae. Common genus is Dysaethria, but mostly in Asia. I only found this from my link. I do not know how trustable this ID is. Please, verify!
Other ones:
After checking again I delete the genus name and added just Epipleminae. Too tricky.
Calledapteryx sp.??

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Quindío, Colombia

Spotted on Dec 12, 2012
Submitted on Jul 2, 2013

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