Wasp Moth (Syntomini, Arctiinae, Erebidae)

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    The clear wings and striped body is intended as wasp mimicry as a defence against predators.
    Pu'er, Yunnan, China
    (ID courtesy of hkmoth, see comments)

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    1. LPJC 42 months ago | reply

      A beauty.

    2. hkmoths 42 months ago | reply

      Erebidae, Arctiinae, Syntomini - the Ctenuchini (another arctiine tribe) are restricted to the Americas.
      You have caught the metallic blue on the abdomen very well.

      This moth would appear close to what was illustrated and listed in Iconographia Heterocerorum Sinicorum part II (1982) as Amata fervida (Walker, 1854), known from Yunnan, Sichuan and Burma (still paced in Amata on the LepIndex website; however, this may not be the current combination and I agree that there are more similarities with Caeneressa in the context with which I am familiar, BUT there are changes afoot due to recent and ongoing revisions by Yen Shen-horn and his colleagues in Taiwan).

      One other point - (knitpicking a bit, sorry) - clearwing moths generally refer to Sesiidae; the Syntomini are known (in Europe and Asia) as either handmaiden moths or wasp moths. This, of course, has absolutely no taxonomic standing under ICZN, under the confines of which we should restrict our conversation to the internationally recognised scientific nomenclature :) You are free to give any vernacular name you like....:)

    3. John Horstman (itchydogimages, SINOBUG) 42 months ago | reply

      Your multiple contributions a very much appreciated as are your corrections on ID as my resources are very much limited and usually lost in translation. And a picked knit is a better knit for it.....

    4. shelshots 41 months ago | reply

      Great shot!

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    5. Daisy Mai-ling 41 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous!!! =-)

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    6. M.D.Parr 41 months ago | reply

      Thats a beauty, lovely capture!
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    7. naturesam9 41 months ago | reply

      Oh my what a great spot

    8. Baubo Bittern 41 months ago | reply

      Beautiful insect, most attractive for a wasp mimic!

    9. jdcow 36 months ago | reply

      Seen in the Butterfly Color group

    10. Sienna62 36 months ago | reply

      Cool shot!
      Welcome to the Butterfly Color group
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    11. Sienna62 36 months ago | reply


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