Heady Maiden Moth from Tanzania

Subject:  Unknown bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Tanzania,, Africa
Date: 08/16/2018
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

Heady Maiden Moth

Dear Ivan,
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.

Dear Daniel,
Thank you for your prompt & comprehensive reply, I am really impressed with your service.
Kind regards,


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