Tiger Moth from Colombia: Histioea meldolae

Subject: Beautiful… Moth?
Location: 7°53’11.6″N 72°29’46.7″W
February 24, 2016 10:47 am
I was traveling in Cucuta, Colombia and noticed this interesting looking insect in the elevator with me. I would estimate the round silver piece of metal next to the bug is about 1.5″ diameter.
Signature: Matt

Tiger Moth: Histioea meldolae
Tiger Moth: Histioea meldolae

Dear Matt,
This gorgeous wasp mimic Tiger Moth is most likely
Histioea meldolae or another member of the genus based on a posting from our own archives submitted by Karl and confirmed by Arctiid expert Julian Donahue.  There is also a nice image on Hanna’s Bananas.

Thanks Daniel for the knowledge and the quick turnaround on my photo.  I appreciate it!

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