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Clicking Tiger Moth

Bertholdia sp.


Unbelievable Picasso-like Moth of the Genus Bertholdia. These are called Clicking Tiger Moths because they emit an audible clicking which is now believed to actually jam the echolocation of bats, causing them to miss them when hunting.


Came to an ultraviolet light in the garden, San Cristobal de Las Casas, 2,200 meters.

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Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 7 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Thank you so much, Marta, James, Rieko, Leuba and Saman :)

SamanAnsari 7 years ago

Never seen anything like it!!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

What a beauty ! Again, I say where are the designers and couturiers- they need to look at these beauties for inspiration. Thanks for sharing Lauren.

RiekoS 7 years ago


James McNair
James McNair 7 years ago

Fantastic images....great spotting

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

De nada! If it was up to me it would be a SOTD because is beautiful and uncommon :-)

LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Thank so much for all your wonderful comments Cindy, Hema, Pradeep, Marta, Adarsha, Bill, Toshimi, VenusFlyTrap, Dan, Gilma and Miguel.

Diaz José Miguel
Diaz José Miguel 7 years ago

Amazing! nice colours!

Beautiful!! Great series, LaurenZarate.

dandoucette 7 years ago

Amazing moth and behaviour!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 7 years ago

very nice series lauren, thanks for sharing!

ToshimiDowaki 7 years ago

Wonderful series!

beaker98 7 years ago

What a gorgeous moth! Great series Lauren!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 7 years ago

I could bet maximum, if this moth is a painting..Beautiful series :)

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

¡que bonito!

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 7 years ago

Nice series..

Hema 7 years ago


Wonderful series! This is beautiful and very interesting facts.

LaurenZarate 7 years ago

@bayucca, hi, I finally found another one of theses and got photos of the sides and abdomen. The underwings are very small and white.

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San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on Aug 8, 2014
Submitted on Aug 11, 2014

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