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Ornate Moth

Utetheisa ornatrix


Could not get a better picture because it did not stoped moving! hahaha took it with a mobile with zoom all the way! I've never seen one before and i looked to see if there where other but could not find one.


Vieques is a hot, semi dry island with thick hard vegetation all over. There are small tarantulas everywhere living in hole in the ground, lots of sphaerodactylus , anoles, kingbirds, spider killing wasps and paper wasp. Not a place for a moth to take a vacation.

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bayucca 7 years ago
Ornate Moth
Utetheisa ornatrix Utetheisa ornatrix

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emanuelgoyco 7 years ago

super interesting!

bayucca 7 years ago

Erebidae, Arctiinae, Arctiini, Utetheisa ornatrix. Although Utetheisa pulchella, native from Africa, was first reported in Puerto Rico in 1927, that one is far less common. I think yours is Utetheisa ornatrix f. stretchii from PR.

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Puerto Real, Puerto Rico, USA

Spotted on Jul 27, 2013
Submitted on Jul 27, 2013

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