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Scoopwing Moth

family Uraniidae, subfamily, Epipleminae


I would have liked to see this moth with it's wings unfolded. Not quite sure how that would work. Thanks Lauren... Here's a photo with the wings open


found in the evening on a sheet under a halogen light, in mountain rainforest outside Tuis, Costa Rica

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LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Hi Pam. I found a similar one to yours in Mexico, I was able to photograph the wings open so you can see the wrinkles :) (Not much else to see)

pamsai 8 years ago

which means I would name it what, J? Philagraula sp.?

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Hi Pam! You've nailed the family, and the subfamily, Uraniidae, Epipleminae, however identifying these moths to species can be extremely difficult, nearly or of equal difficulty to that of the Pterophoridae, the plume moths mentioned by Telse.

pamsai 8 years ago

Thinking it might be 'Philagraula slossoniae'

Any ideas on that bayucca or J? Or anyone else?

pamsai 8 years ago

thanks Telse... not sure about the plume moth, the body looks too thin.

Telse 8 years ago

Hi Pamsai. I think this is a species of Plume Moth... like we have in Canada.
Here is a link to 2 of mine. Cheers.

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 years ago

T is for TERRIFIC!

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Cartago, Costa Rica

Spotted on Jul 14, 2013
Submitted on Jul 23, 2013

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