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Wasp Moth

Horama oedippus

Description:

A wasp moth. It looks like Horama panthalon but there are enough differences that lead me to suspect another species. Seen near Cancun Mexico. Does anyone have any thoughts?

Notes:

Came to lights at night. This Yucatan spotting seems a bit different than the ones I can see from the Texas area. I know there are 3 subspecies of this moth. One is called Horama panthalon texana and another is called Horama panthalon panthalon. I am wondering if my spotting could be the latter but I cannot find any images of it except for a mention of it in Wikipedia.

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6 Comments

Brian38
Brian38 3 years ago

Great job on finding a match! I just looked at 2 other sites and they confirm Horama oedippus matches yours as well.

johnlguerin
johnlguerin 3 years ago

Hi Brian38. Based on a "Project Noah Related spottings" there is a mating pair of these moth that are identified as Horama oedippus. They look like a perfect match. I found this reliable site that pretty much confirms the ID. http://v3.boldsystems.org/index.php/Taxb...
What do you think?

Brian38
Brian38 3 years ago

John you are absolutely right about the markings being different. I haven't found a match yet but I'll keep looking. Possibly an unknown subspecies. Or just hasn't been well documented or updated. I'll pull the ID off for now.

johnlguerin
johnlguerin 3 years ago

Thank you Brian38 for the ID. You may want to read the note I added above about the possibility of a subspecies.

Brian38
Brian38 3 years ago

Great pic of an incredible moth!!

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 3 years ago

Wow! Check out those leg warmers. :-) Beautiful moth!

johnlguerin
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Quintana Roo, Mexico

Spotted on Nov 25, 2017
Submitted on Dec 9, 2017

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