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White Saturniid Moth

Therinia transversaria

Description:

Therinia transversaria, until recently was classified Asthenidia transversaria. 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.

Habitat:

This beautiful moth was photographed in a house in the Amazon rainforest of SE Ecuador @ 700 masl. I would imagine it can also be found outside in a somewhat more natural setting.

Notes:

This beautiful moth joined me at my desk as many insects seem to. It was most cooperative as far as taking pictures goes. It appeared quite content to sit under the light while I was working.

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8 Comments

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 4 months ago

That gave me a really good laugh. I grant you honourary Australianship. Now was that poor moth really co-operative or just petrified? Still laughing :D

Tukup
Tukup 4 months ago

That took me a minute Neil. I was wondering what "There's a rattlesnake in your house" means in Australian :-) Then I looked at the pictures again. Boy, you have sharp eyes. FYI, I've briefly added another picture to this spotting.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 4 months ago

Cheers for the update, Tukup. It certainly is a beautiful moth, and so unusual. Btw, there's a rattle snake in your house. Just saying ;)

Tukup
Tukup 4 months ago

Hi Neil. Since you were the only one to comment on this, I thought I'd send you and update. Classification updated from Asthernidia sp to Therinia transversaria. See description for reason for change and link in reference box..

Tukup
Tukup 6 months ago

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

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 months ago

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

Tukup
Tukup 6 months 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 6 months ago

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

Tukup
Spotted by
Tukup

Morona Santiago, Ecuador

Lat: -2.15, Long: -77.69

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

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