Subject: Histioea in Ecuador
Geographic location of the bug: Archidona, Ecuador
Time: 01:05 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Have what appears to be a rare Histioea, but cannot identify it. These are seldom photographed from what I can tell. The observation is https://www.inaturalist.org/ob
How you want your letter signed: Trevor
We have several diurnal Tiger Moths in our archives identified as Histioea meldolae, including this individual from Colombia and this individual from Costa Rica. We will forward your image to Arctiid expert Julian Donahue to see what he can provide in the way of an identification.
Julian Donahue responds.
This is a perfect match for the female of the euchromiine Histioea paulina Walker, 1866, as figured in Seitz, described from São Paulo, Brazil–a long way from Ecuador, but I don’t have any information on the distribution of the species.