Subject: Pig moth??
Location: South Africa
April 17, 2014 6:38 am
Please can you identify this moth? We are currently in fall in SA.
We don’t know what species of moth you have submitted and time will not permit our ability to research its identity at this time, but we are content dubbing it a “Pig Moth” and taking the time to format your images and request to post live. We will enlist our readership to research this fascinating looking moth until completing our obligations allows us to return to the office to resume research.
Update: April 19, 2014
We are relatively certain this “Pig Moth” is in the superfamily Noctuiodae, but we are still trying to establish its identity.
I took the original photos of the “pig moth” in Masvingo Zimbabwe. It has now ben identified as being Lasiocampidae: stoermeriana sp. by Johan Heyns and Roy Goff from the South African Butterflies Bugs Bees and other small animals on Facebook. A very pretty, unusual looking little moth 25 mm long.
Ed. Note: See African Moths for an image of a living specimen from the genus and this other example from African Moths. Armed with a family, we actually think it looks more like this Streblote aculeata that is pictured on ISpot, though that might be a misidentification.