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White-spotted Satyr

Manataria hercyna maculata

Description:

This spent 24 hours on the window in the hotel until I released it. It likes dark places during the day, crevices in trees in the forest, or under things and is well disguised on tree trunks. Walking in the cloud forest in Monteverde, Costa Rica, we would disturb them as we walked by and they would fly a short distance and settle into a dark place again. There were many in the forest, and the guide said he hadn't seen so many, for years.

Habitat:

Monteverde cloud forest, Costa Rica.

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago
White-spotted Satyr
Manataria hercyna maculata Manataria hercyna maculata (Hopffer, 1874)


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9 Comments

pamsai
pamsai 8 years ago

Great, thanks bayucca. Now I recall the name!

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

Nymphalidae, Satyrinae, Manataria hercyna maculata.

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

#1 is s butterfly, #2 is a moth, Erebidae, Letis sp.

pamsai
pamsai 8 years ago

Yes, I wondered about that... I think the first photo is of a butterfly and the second one is a moth. I remember I let the butterfly out in the morning, but thought I had taken the open wing shot before I did so. Now I'm not so sure. I think I'll make them into 2 spottings.

PhilipBarnette
PhilipBarnette 8 years ago

Are you positive both of the pictures that you posted are of the same lepidopteran?

pamsai
pamsai 8 years ago

Bayucca, any ideas?

pamsai
pamsai 8 years ago

I also think it might be a butterfly. It likes dark places during the day, crevices in trees in the forest, or under things and is well disguised on tree trunks. Walking in the clous forest in Monteverde, Costa Rica, we would disturb them as we walked by and they would fly a short distance and settle into a dark place again.

PhilipBarnette
PhilipBarnette 8 years ago

**butterflies**

PhilipBarnette
PhilipBarnette 8 years ago

I'm not sure, but I am curious to know! This is one of the moths that I often see on my mothing sheet at 2 am.

pamsai
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Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Spotted on Aug 2, 2013
Submitted on Aug 14, 2013

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