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Scoopwing Moth

family Uraniidae, subfamily, Epipleminae

Description:

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 http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/215...

Habitat:

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

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7 Comments

LaurenZarate
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) http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/215...

pamsai
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
pamsai 8 years ago

Thinking it might be 'Philagraula slossoniae' http://bugguide.net/node/view/750822
http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.ed...

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

pamsai
pamsai 8 years ago

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

Telse
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.
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/308...
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/236...

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 years ago

T is for TERRIFIC!

pamsai
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Cartago, Costa Rica

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

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