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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.
Signature: Frank

Tiger Moth, we believe

Tri-Colored Tiger Moth, we believe

Dear Frank,
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.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: South Africa

3 Responses to Possibly Tri-Colored Tiger Moth from South Africa laying Eggs

  1. rjpretor says:

    Hi – think this might be Rhodogastria amasis, the tri-colored tiger moth. Johan

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