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Noctuid moth

Hypopyra megalesia


about 3" across, beige with banded yellow and brown vertical stripe




Spotted this moth, in the morning, along with about a dozen other moths on the ceiling of Rian'ala Guesthouse/restaurant near the entrance of the park.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Mike24 10 years ago
Hypopyra megalesia-Mabille, 1879
Hypopyra megalesia-Mabille, 1879

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Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 8 years ago

Thanks Craig. That's my bad, should have looked at the family. Me too about the next trip. My first visit to Africa in 5 years, so it should be a good one!

craigwilliams 8 years ago

Gorgeous Dan! Came to this while researching a possible Hypopyra spotting here in Singapore. Better change the common name to Noctuid though, it's Noctuidae not Geometridae. Hope your next set of travels yields as many wonders!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Thanks Mike for the ID, not too many images of this online but it matches the one. Thanks for the comment Dangermouse, sorry for missing this one.

Dangermouse 11 years ago

Whatever it is, it's a beautiful specimen! Nice spotting.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

That's it for sure in your last link, but they don't know what it is either!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago


Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

Isn't following very close..?

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

I want tell a direction to find specie..

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

I don't think it's emperor moth. It doesn't have the large eye spots.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

Alike Emperor moth

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

Thanks lori.tas. any idea on a more specific ID?

lori.tas 11 years ago

Gorgeous. The antennae look slender, so I'm guessing it's the female of the species.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

Thanks. I think you are right. I looked at some photos of Geometer moths and some of them look close to this one. It will be tough to narrow it down to family and species though, I think, but this is a start!

alicelongmartin 11 years ago

Cryptic Geometrid comes close in my book, but it may have a different name there in Madagascar.

Dan Doucette
Spotted by
Dan Doucette

Fianarantsoa, Province de Fianarantsoa, Madagascar

Spotted on Jan 3, 2006
Submitted on May 3, 2011

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