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Clown moth

Phaegoptera histrionica


Around 10cm (4in) long. This is a moth endemic to Brazil, first described by Gottlieb August Wilhelm Herrich-Schäffer in 1853.


Founf in the underside of a leaf, in a patch of very degraded wood, in a small rural town.


This moth actually doesn't have a common name. I choose the name "clown moth" because of it's scientific name - histrionica - which means "melodramatic, theatrical, affected, dramatic, exaggerated"... ;-)

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flowntheloop a month ago


Sergio Monteiro
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Sergio Monteiro

Santa Catarina, Brazil

Spotted on Feb 7, 2021
Submitted on Feb 7, 2021

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