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Moth

Agathia sp

Description:

Resting with entire wing spread flat on a surface. Initially thinking this is an Agathia laetata but reference pics available (http://eol.org/pages/271150/overview) don't have the brown strips in the middle of the wing as clearly seen here. Anyone care to help ID?

2 Species ID Suggestions

Ashish
Ashish 10 years ago
Emerald garden moth
Agathia lycaenaria The World's Best Photos of geometrinae - Flickr Hive Mind
BenjiSun
BenjiSun 10 years ago
Agathia carissima Encyclopedia of Life


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23 Comments

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 10 years ago

Thanks for the suggestion @BenjiSun. Am actually inclined to favor Agathia carissima over the others too. :-)

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 10 years ago

Thanks Ann. :-)

BenjiSun
BenjiSun 10 years ago

the patterns on the wings and on the back seem to match Agathia carissima quite well. this is also found in Hong Kong, which shares quite a number of species of insects with Phillippines, since HK is comparatively close to Luzon.

AnnvanWijgerden
AnnvanWijgerden 10 years ago

Great photos!! :-)

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 10 years ago

Thanks for the info and link @lori.tas. Had the spotting been in Mindanao islands which are closer to Borneo and Indonesia then maybe this would be an A. rubrilineata. But the spotting is in the main island of Luzon similar to Ann's (http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/721...). But then again who knows? Yup hard to find the single link that would say it categorically. And the search goes on... :-)

lori.tas
lori.tas 10 years ago

Eric, A. prasinaspis only seems to be found in Australia. This photo of Agathia rubrilineata ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agathia_rub... ) looks nearly spot on, but then it's listed as living in Borneo and parts of Indonesia. I'm having a really had time finding anything that looks right AND is also found in the Philippines.

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 10 years ago

Hi Ashish and Dan - what about prasinaspis? http://lepbarcoding.org/geometridae/spec...

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 10 years ago

Thanks for the link Ashish. Too bad the blog did not mention the species name but the pictures are exact. Toxic? hmmm :-)

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 10 years ago

Thanks Ashish. I think we all agree this is an Agathia. We just cannot narrow it down to exact species. In anycase I'd just ID this as Agathia sp until more experts can categorically ID it as pisina, carissima or lycaenaria. Thanks for the help. :-)

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

I am confirm and feel its lycaenaria what match with your moth's body structure(wings here)... its depend on you what to select and how to match...!!

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 10 years ago

Hi Ashish. I think Dan is right on it being more pisina or carissima. The lycaenaria does not have the more solid brown patch on the tip of the upper wings.

dandoucette
dandoucette 10 years ago

Ashish, I think its more similar to pisina or carissima than lycaenaria.

dandoucette
dandoucette 10 years ago

I was just thinking the same thing. The differences are hardly noticeable.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Dan hope you check its tail like end is double what match with Agathia lycaenaria...!!

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 10 years ago

Just looked at your link Ashish and it's also similar. Hmmm carrisima or pisina?

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 10 years ago

Thanks Ashish. Finally starting a moth collection here. Found these moths in a restaurant which was a moth haven! Will upload other other species I found from the same place :-)

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 10 years ago

Thanks dandoucette. Looks like it! Btw your emerald moth was is a beauty :-)

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Nice moth Eric... Cool catch...!!

dandoucette
dandoucette 10 years ago

Very cool! Reminds me of this spotting.
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/593...

Eric Noora
Spotted by
Eric Noora

Tagaytay, Cavite, Philippines

Spotted on Sep 11, 2011
Submitted on Sep 22, 2011

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