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Mournful Desmia Moth

Desmia sp. (maybe D. ploralis)

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Mournful Desmia Moth
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4 Comments

pamsai
pamsai 9 years ago

I wonder if they were 2 different moths spotted on the same night. The white markings look a little different, but with the way they flew around, it was difficult to tell.

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago

Definitely a Desmia sp., but as Philip pointed out it is really hard to impossible to separate the several Desmia sp. for sure from only a picture without the native specimen. Personally I would leave this as Desmia sp. and not going down to species level. The first spot looks for me more slim than usual Ploralis show. It might be a candidate, but we can't be 100% sure.
http://www.boldsystems.org/index.php/Tax...

pamsai
pamsai 9 years ago

thanks Phillip for the ID...

PhilipBarnette
PhilipBarnette 9 years ago

I'm IDing it as Desmia ploralis, because it looks a bit like it: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.ed...,
and I know from bold that it is in Costa Rica.

Honestly, that genera is one of the hardest to differentiate by picture, so take that ID with a grain of salt.

pamsai
Spotted by
pamsai

Cartago, Costa Rica

Spotted on Jul 12, 2013
Submitted on Aug 7, 2013

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