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Neonerita bernardoespinozai moth

Neonerita bernardoespinozai


A beautiful and exotic moth, the green part of its wings is transparent. It is found in French Guiana, Brazil, Venezuela, Bolivia and Mexico. I had not seen her in two years. Family erebidae.Huejutla de Reyes, Hidalgo, México

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Thank you for this great honor...

DanielePralong 4 years ago

Congratulations Eduardo, your beautiful moth came second in our 2017 Best Wildlife Photo competition, Arthropods category:

Great find Eduardo congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thaks for sharing

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

What a spectacularly beautiful moth! Really wonderful spotting!

suzmonk 5 years ago

Congratulations, Eduardo, what a find!

Thank you very much for the distinction!

DanielePralong 5 years ago

You're welcome Edeuardo, and congratulations, this superb moth is now Spotting of the Day!

"Possibly the most visually appealing moth we've ever seen! Neonerita bernardoespinozai (Erebiidae, Arctiinae) is our Spotting of the Day! Originally identified as Neonerita dorsipuncta, this species appears to be restricted to an area ranging from the southern half of Mexico to Panama. Two new species in the genus Neonerita have been recently (2016) described: Neonerita bernardoespinozai and Neonerita martinezi; both were were confused with Neonerita dorsipuncta up to then. Neonerita dorsipuncta was originally described by British entomologist George Hampson in 1901. Wide geographic distribution in the subfamily Arctiinae has prompted the reevaluation of multiple taxa, using both morphological criteria and modern molecular methods.
There is a limited number of images of these moths avaible online, and many of them are of pinned specimen. Macrophotographer Eduardo Axel Recillas Bautista, who shared this spotting with us, had not seen this species for two years.
For more information: "



Thank you very much for your help and comments Daniele and bayucca. I make the correction on the identification.

DanielePralong 5 years ago

Thanks for contacting Michel laguerre Dominik!
Eduardo, the article indicates that for the 3 species described external morphological criteria are not sufficient, and dissection of genitalia is required for identification. However, we're lucky as distribution indicates that at your location only the species now known as Neonerita bernardoespinozai is to be found. This implies that your previous spotting from 2 years ago should be relabelled as well, together with any other obervation of this moth in the area from southern half of Mexico to Panama.
Wide geographic distribution in the subfamily Arctiinae, with rather different habitats, has prompted the reevaluation of multiple taxa using genitalia dissection and modern molecular methods (DNA barcoding).
Now your spotting is even more special :-)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 5 years ago

Amazing ! ...all it needs is a patch of blue, beautiful !!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Great stuff!

bayucca 5 years ago

This IS actually Neonerita bernardoespinozai!! Merci beaucoup Michel Laguerre!! Michel is the author of the corresponding paper mentioned below!!
Good job, folks!!

bayucca 5 years ago

Very interesting one, indeed!! I will contact an expert...

I compared the images of the article with mine and it coincides with N. bernardoespinozai sp. nov. dorsal view, so it can be similar to that species, without losing sight of what is based on the comparison of the images only.

Brian38 5 years ago

This is something special! Great spotting Eduardo!

Hello Daniele, I have read the article that you recommend and it is very interesting, I am not a biologist and the wikipedia obtube distribution, since there is not much information about this interesting species; In fact, in the platform of Naturalista de México there is only my first record two years ago and now this, as well as in the BOLD Systems platform there are only 21 records of which only 2 are for Mexico

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 5 years ago


DanielePralong 5 years ago

Hi Eduardo! What an incredibly beautiful moth! I was researching this species for our Spotting of the Day feature, and came across this recent paper:
Based on distribution do you think this could be newly described Neonerita bernardoespinozai?

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 5 years ago

Amazing find!


Christine Y.
Christine Y. 5 years ago



Huejutla, Hidalgo, Mexico

Spotted on Nov 10, 2017
Submitted on Nov 26, 2017

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