October 11, 2009
This photo was taken in Ecuador in the cloud forest, I would really like to know what kind of moth it is.
We will contact lepidopterist, Julian Donahue, an expert in the Arctiids, to see if he can provide the species name for this beautiful Tiger Moth.
Identification by Julian Donahue
It’s a tiger moth in the genus Idalus. There are quite a few species in the genus, and I can’t give you a species name without comparing the photo to specimens in the collection (and even then there’s a chance we don’t have it there with a name). It’s similar to photos of Idalus herois posted on the Web, but there are a number of very similar species, and details of the head are not visible in this photo.