Subject: Crimson bug species? Panama fauna!
Geographic location of the bug: San Miguelito, Panama.
Time: 05:28 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi bugman. I’ve only seen this bug twice in my life 3 years appart first in 2009 and then in 2012. Both times it was just standing still inside my house and both insects were identical. Back then there were a lot of jungle-like green areas around my house for context. This bug was about 5cm / 2 inches long, had “feathery” antennae, transparent wings, the most posterior part of the abdomen was “hairy” (i think the sides of the abdomen were hairy too but less hairy) and I confirmed it was capable of flight as I accidentaly startled it when I was taking the photo. Well as you can see most of the body is colored with (really strong) red and black. The thorax has two parallel white lines. I never saw the ventral part of the insect.
Is this a moth? A butterfly? This question has been haunting me for 10 years. Well thanks and have fun with this one!
PS:Sorry if I used wrong terms in my anatomical description.
How you want your letter signed: A curious physician
Dear curious physician,
We are impressed that you identified this as a moth or butterfly. It is a Moth, but one that is often mistaken for a wasp. It is a Scarlet Tipped Wasp Moth, Dinia aeagrus, and we identified it on Project Noah. You can also find it pictured on FlickR.
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I remember one post where a specialist said something about D. eagrus (or aeagrus) and D. mena.
Thanks Cesar. Probably Julian Donahue.
Thanks for the link Cesar. The expert on Arctiids is Daniel’s good friend Julian Donahue.
Although I didn’t think it was a wasp At first sight I thought it could be dangerous. I guess the feathery antennae made me think of a moth. Thanks for your really fast response.