Cherry Spot from South Africa

Subject: Unusual Moth
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
January 6, 2014 12:32 pm
I found this beautiful moth in the garden and I’ve never seen one like it before. I would love to know what type it is. It’s about 2,5cm long and the body is about 1cm wide.
Signature: Rain

Cherry Spot
Cherry Spot

Hi Rain,
At first we thought this little beauty was a Tiger Moth, but we have been fooled by imposters in the past, so we also looked at Owlet Moths.  After a bit of searching, we have matched it to a mounted specimen on African Moths and identified it as a Cherry Spot,
Diaphone eumela, (Stoll, 1781).  We found an image of a living specimen on Project Noah where it was bequeathed the honor of Moth of the Month this past November on Facebook.  We really love the common name Cherry Spot.

Cherry Spot
Cherry Spot

Thank you so much!  It’s always interesting knowing the names of the bugs we see 🙂


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