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Uraniid Moth

Epipleminae

Description:

about 1 in

Habitat:

disturbed forest, urban

Notes:

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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3 Comments

Ursula
Ursula 7 years ago

wow-what a shape! :)

dandoucette
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
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:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/77995220@N0...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/77995220@N0...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/77995220@N0...
US: http://www.flickr.com/photos/42264328@N0...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/77995220@N0...
After checking again I delete the genus name and added just Epipleminae. Too tricky.
Calledapteryx sp.??
http://bugguide.net/node/view/285/bgpage...

dandoucette
Spotted by
dandoucette

Quindío, Colombia

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

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