Moth, fly, or?
Sun, Nov 16, 2008 at 4:37 PM
Hi, again! I love this site and Bug Guide. The two photos below were taken on my patio on an old white plastic table (for color interpretation) and are of a flying insect with white wings and thorax and tiny tufts of red hairs forming a kind of pattern. I have seen the same type of insect with black tufts instead of red. I live at about 1100 meters on the Pacific slopes of a mountain range in southeastern Costa Rica. The largest nearby city is San Vito. These particular insects seem to be more common during the dry season.
We believe this is a Tiger Moth and we are going to contact an expert in the Arctiidae, Julian Donahue, for assistance with the species identification.
Sorry–it’s a megalopygid. Common, but I don’t recall the generic name at the moment.
Correction: Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 10:46 AM
I believe this is a moth in the Family Megalopygidae (Flannel Moths), in the Genus Trosia. Trosia is a very abundant genus and they all look quite similar, but Trosia fallax appears to be a very close match. Cheers.