Subject: Orange and Black Beetle-Like Moth
Geographic location of the bug: Boquete, Panama
Time: 07:35 PM EDT
A friend refuses to believe this is a moth, but I’m sure it is. What species?
How you want your letter signed: Nora
Thanks for resending this image as a unique request. The one beetle this really resembles is the moth-mimic Banded Net-Winged Beetle, but the legs, antennae and wing veins are quite different. like you, we are inclined to believe this is a moth. In our opinion, it resembles a Lichen Moth, but we could not locate any similar looking species on Kirby Wolf’s Costa Rica Tiger Moths page. We also considered it might be a Leaf Skeletonizer Moth in the family Zygaenidae, but again, we could not locate any matching images. We are going to contact Julian Donahue to get his opinion, and we would also enlist the assistance of our readership with this identification.
Update: While attempting to identify another Tiger Moth, we found Correbidia germana on FlickR and we are quite confident it is your orange and black moth. According to Panama Insects: “This moth, and several similar-looking species illustrated in this gallery, are nearly always present at lights in various abundance. They all, to one degree ot another, appear to mimic beetles in the family Lycidae that are present on Isla Colon.”