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This was identified for me by Willy and Jurate De Prins from the Afromoths web site so all credit goes to them
I would very much like to include this on my web site and I am sure Willy and Jurate would like to do the same. Would this be possible.
The purple and the pink colours are usually present and obviously brighter on a fresh specimen, but they are exaggerated on this photo probably by flash exposure see http://www.africanmoths.com/pages/SPHING... for a range of colours
Hi everybody, There is very little wrong with this picture. It is on the bright side and the possibility of UV increasing the colours sounds logical. I would suggest that it may be caused by an imbalance within the flash of the camera and sometimes I find that structure of the background affects camera exposure especially on auto. However I frequently catch these moths and when fresh they are very bright and very similar to Dan's photo. It is not a colour form just a normal moth. With this species colour fades very quickly and I have never seen a museum specimen that does justice to the colours of a freshly emerged moth, especially the green which tends to shade towards brown within a day or two of the moth being killed and certainly very quickly when alive for a few days they become much more drab.
I have a lot of trouble with these there seem to be a lot of species but few pictures or named specimens available. This is most probably a Scalmicauda species but I think there is another genus which look very similar. I have a photo of it from Cameroon
Hi, I agree that this is S. vestalis, From what I can find out this is the only South African species to have a heavily marked hindwing as well as forewing with the fascia extending almost all the way across the wing.