Identification Challenge #7

January 26, 2010 | Caraça Natural Park, Minas Gerais, Brazil

This challenge will be straightforward. Is this a butterfly or a moth? Why?

Here’s a habitat shot, showing the shot above was taken during the day. The subject above is the yellow speck near the bottom, center right.

Subject above is just barely visible here

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8 Responses to Identification Challenge #7

  1. Patrick Coin says:

    OK, I think (!) it is a moth because the antennae are not clubbed at the tip. (I know there are a few exceptions to that rule.)
    Reminds me of a pyralid, but who knows. Very pretty, at any rate.

  2. Sara says:

    Given the antennae, I’d also say a moth, but otherwise it’s shaped a lot like a heliconian longwing butterfly. Day-flying doesn’t rule out either, neither does puddling. Looking forward to the answer.

  3. I’d also say moth because of the non-clubbed antennae. It looks to me like it might be a lichen moth (Lithosiinae in the family Artiidae – which itself is sometimes considered a subfamily of Noctuidae).

    Probably chock full of cardiac glycosides!

  4. Patrick Coin says:

    Oh, duh, not to copy Ted, but I did mean Arctiid (Tiger Moths, etc.), not Pyralid. Of all the things I’ve lost… (I miss my mind the most.)

  5. Lynette says:

    I’m guessing moth as well.

  6. alessio says:

    Sorry, I have had the same doubt: I’m rebuilding my costa rica’s photo album while I’ve found the same picture.In the end did you know what exactly is this moth? 🙂

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