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Claudicula Joker, Putumayo, Colombia A roughed up individual, but a cool species nevertheless. This is a moth mimicking those butterflies that are known to be successful in avoiding birds, as birds learn to associate particular patterns with toxicity. This effect of mimicry can lead to very similar patterns as an end result even across unrelated genuses. This survival strategy is known as Batesian mimicry.<br />
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I kind of knew what to look for in this case because an observation two years earlier:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/49733/smicropus_bogotensis_with_black_outline_santa_mara_colombia.html" title="Smicropus bogotensis with black outline, Santa Mar&iacute;a, Colombia"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/49733_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1569456010&Signature=aHc4QK%2FKoG9jkK5PNlug1Rgb5CM%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Smicropus bogotensis with black outline, Santa Mar&iacute;a, Colombia This one is plaguing me. After a 90 minute search across various neotropical butterfly sites, the local Santa Mar&iacute;a butterfly documentation, and this giant checklist...<br />
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http://neotropicalbutterflies.com/colombiapdf/PDFs/PDF09_SantaMaria_Abr15_2015.pdf<br />
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...I&#039;m still coming up empty. Maybe it&#039;s a moth?<br />
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Which, to this day, is the only live specimen photo of that species on the web, as far as I know. Claudicula Joker,Colombia,Colombia 2018,Colombia South,Cyllopoda claudicula,Mocoa,Putumayo,South America,World,Yunguillo Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Claudicula Joker, Putumayo, Colombia

A roughed up individual, but a cool species nevertheless. This is a moth mimicking those butterflies that are known to be successful in avoiding birds, as birds learn to associate particular patterns with toxicity. This effect of mimicry can lead to very similar patterns as an end result even across unrelated genuses. This survival strategy is known as Batesian mimicry.

I kind of knew what to look for in this case because an observation two years earlier:

Smicropus bogotensis with black outline, Santa María, Colombia This one is plaguing me. After a 90 minute search across various neotropical butterfly sites, the local Santa María butterfly documentation, and this giant checklist...<br />
<br />
http://neotropicalbutterflies.com/colombiapdf/PDFs/PDF09_SantaMaria_Abr15_2015.pdf<br />
<br />
...I'm still coming up empty. Maybe it's a moth?<br />
 Boyacá,Colombia,Fall,Flavinia bogotensis,Geotagged,Santa María,South America,World

Which, to this day, is the only live specimen photo of that species on the web, as far as I know.

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Cyllopoda claudicula is a geometer moth in the Cyllopoda genus.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by fchristant
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Uploaded Feb 5, 2019. Captured Oct 23, 2018 08:55.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/5.6
  • 1/200s
  • ISO2200
  • 400mm