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Unknown moth

Description:

A bright red butterfly living side by side with a specie of beetle of the genus Astylus. The butterfly has the same colors of the beetle and it looks very much like the beetle (picture included). Apparently the butterfly mimics the beetle.

Habitat:

Hig montane paramo, slopes of the Andes to the Amazon in Ecuador.

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12 Comments

GustavoMorejon
GustavoMorejon 5 years ago

Thank Mark. Done !

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

?Maybe put this into a specialist moth forum for comment. https://www.facebook.com/groups/13721909...

GustavoMorejon
GustavoMorejon 5 years ago

If you check the genus Alabonia, it also have the long labial palps.

GustavoMorejon
GustavoMorejon 5 years ago

After a long consideration and detailed revision ... I think it is an Oecophoridae. I've found some species like those on the genus Hypercallia and the sub family Depressariinae, with similar large labial palps. But, I also discovered that Oecophoridae, as well as some other families in the Gelechioidea, are a very obscure and not so well studied group of moths. It won't be a surprise if it is a new specie !

GustavoMorejon
GustavoMorejon 5 years ago

Hi Mark, yes .. it is very unusual. Both the Melyridae and the butterfly shared the same place and both were walking in the same space ... in fact, some of the photographers that came with me, thought the butterflies were in fact the beetles !

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Very interesting. The large, recurved labial palps are unusual. Although the colors match the pattern is very different and the moth also has a lower profile than the beetle. I don't see Notodontidae. Oecophoridae better or some other Gelechioidea. ??

GustavoMorejon
GustavoMorejon 5 years ago

Can it be Notodontidae ?

GustavoMorejon
GustavoMorejon 5 years ago

Thank you Larry. There are still some mysteries to solve about this two species, but I think that soon it will be solved !

GustavoMorejon
GustavoMorejon 5 years ago

Thank you Maria. The relation between the two species is very clear. I wonder if it is Müllerian mimicry or Batesian mimicry. I'm not sure about it and this is why I need to know at least the butterfly's family.

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 5 years ago

Wonderful series and information

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

This is a very interesting spotting - the similarity between the two insects is demonstrated well.

GustavoMorejon
GustavoMorejon 5 years ago

Maybe it is an Oecophoridae ???

GustavoMorejon
Spotted by
GustavoMorejon

San Miguel de Jima, Azuay, Ecuador

Spotted on Oct 25, 2014
Submitted on Oct 27, 2014

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