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Saturniid Moth

Asthenidia sp


I'm not at all sure of this classification. Help!! This is a swallow-tailed moth (foto #3) that has a wingspan of about 7-8 cm. It is a brilliant white with 4 light gray stripes on each set of wings and a pair of black spots on the tip of each tail. I finally found a matching photo, but with incomplete classification (see reference box).


This beautiful moth joined me at my desk in the Amazon rainforest of SE Ecuador. I would imagine it can also be found outside in a somewhat more natural setting. It flew into our house and appeared quite content to sit under the light while I was working.


This is a little frustrating to have such a clear picture with such clear markings and not be able to identify it. Hopefully some of you will be more successful than I have been.

No species ID suggestions


Tukup 6 days ago

You are right! Been there, done that :-)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a week ago

Mother Nature smiles upon us sometimes :) Beats having to chase it around the yard.

Tukup a week ago

Thanks Neil. That's the easiest spotting I've made. It was sitting a foot away from me while I was on the computer :-)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a week ago

Wonderful spotting, Tukup. I thought it had 2 heads (from a distance, anyway). Great pics and info.

Morona Santiago, Ecuador

Lat: -2.15, Long: -77.69

Spotted on Jul 15, 2017
Submitted on Mar 9, 2019

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