Subject: African variation of a salt marsh moth?
Location: South Africa
October 16, 2013 12:37 pm
Hi mr bugman
I’ve been scouring your website and google looking for an identification of a moth i found on a wall of a house near Addo elephant park in south africa. It looks a lot like a salt marsh moth, yet is different.
http://www.africanmoths.com/pages/ARCTIIDAE/UNIDENTIFIED/9158.htm hasn’t managed to identify it, but its a exact match to my picture. hope you can help.
Your unidentified moth does resemble a Tiger Moth and it is laying eggs that are consistent with the manner of laying eggs incorporated by many Tiger Moths, including a Southern California species called the Painted Tiger Moth. We will contact our friend Julian Donahue who is an expert on the former family, which has been demoted to a subfamily, to see if he can provide an identification.
On Oct 18, 2013, at 3:58 PM, Julian Donahue wrote:
Nope. Don’t have any good African references here at home.
Appears to be a Creatonotus or Estigmene, sensu Hampson. But without seeing the complete wing pattern, abdomen, and venation, I can’t go any further.
At least you agree it is a Tiger Moth. That means I got the subfamily correct.
Update: December 29, 2013
Thanks to a comment, we are posting a link to a Tri-Colored Tiger Moth, Rhodogastria amasis, from African Moths.