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Moth 134*, La Isla Escondida, Colombia  Colombia,Colombia 2018,Colombia South,Fall,Geotagged,La Isla Escondida,Metoeca,Metoeca foedalis,Putumayo,South America,World Click/tap to enlarge Country intro

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  1. This looks a bit like Metoeca foedalis that occurs in Australia and Asia!
    http://bunyipco.blogspot.com/2010/08/aquatic-moths.html

    I'd maybe look towards something in that genus or the Spilomelinae subfamily of Crambidae. What do you guys think?
    Posted 17 days ago, modified 17 days ago
    1. That is some excellent detective work! It looks like Metoeca sp. contains only a single species. As you said, largely distributed towards Africa, Asia and Australia but check out this single observation from Ecuador:
      https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/13568052

      Looks visually identical to me?
      Posted 17 days ago
      1. It does look visually identical, I am just unsure of the distribution. It seems to already have a large range though? Posted 16 days ago
        1. I'd say let's go for it :) Posted 16 days ago

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''Metoeca'' is a genus of moths of the Crambidae family. It contains only one species ''Metoeca foedalis'', which has a wide distribution, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, South Africa, China, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and Australia .

The wingspan is about 15 mm. Adult are white with dark brown dots and lines and pale brown blobs.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by fchristant
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Uploaded Feb 1, 2019. Captured Oct 21, 2018 19:44 in Orito, Putumayo, Colombia.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/16.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO64
  • 105mm