Subject: Moth from South Africa
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
February 18, 2015 12:45 pm
I hope you guys can help to identify this magnificent moth.
Spotted in a garden in Cape Town, South Africa in mid Feb.
Lots of granadilla and lavender plants around.
Never seen one even remotely similar – the photo is pretty good though, I hope we can identify it and find out more.
Please let me know what turns up!
Looking forward to your reply and thanks for the help!
Signature: Yours truly, NJV
Your lovely moth with its curled wings reminded us of an Australian Fruit Piercing Moth, so we searched the subfamily Catocalinae on iSpot and we quickly found the Echo Owlet Moth, Achaea echo, a perfect match for your moth. The species is also pictured on African Moths.
Thank you so much for the help, I really appreciate it!
Have a fantastic day,