Subject: Unknown bug
Geographic location of the bug: Tanzania,, Africa
Time: 11:12 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Bug seen today at 15.00 near Arusha Tanzania.
Please identify for me.
How you want your letter signed: Ivan Wood
This is a diurnal Tiger Moth in the subfamily Arctiinae, and we previously identified it as a Heady Maiden Moth, Amata cerbera, and we received a comment identifying it as Amata mogadorensis, but with no explanation on how to distinguish the two species. Lepiforum has images of the latter and iNaturalist has images of the former. At least we know the genus is correct, and we are going with the Heady Maiden Moth because we like the common name.
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