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Cirrhochrista grabczewskyi, Ivoloina park, Madagascar An extraordinarily well defined moth. Most definitely Cirrhochrista sp. and within that genus, this by far comes closest:<br />
<a href="http://www.afromoths.net/species/show/13558" rel="nofollow">http://www.afromoths.net/species/show/13558</a><br />
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The only doubt/problem is one little detail in the wings. Note the jagged tooth-like line in the middle of the wing on my pic, versus the straight thick line on that reference. Africa,Cirrhochrista grabczewskyi,Geotagged,Ivoloina park,LepiLED,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Winter,World Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Cirrhochrista grabczewskyi, Ivoloina park, Madagascar

An extraordinarily well defined moth. Most definitely Cirrhochrista sp. and within that genus, this by far comes closest:
http://www.afromoths.net/species/show/13558

The only doubt/problem is one little detail in the wings. Note the jagged tooth-like line in the middle of the wing on my pic, versus the straight thick line on that reference.

    comments (8)

  1. Awesome job on the ID! What a gorgeous moth!

    Did you see this:
    https://www.insecte.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=153240

    It seems that Cirrhochrista grabczewskyi/oxyalis/convoluta were being considered.

    I can't find any sources (that I know to be reputable) with convincing evidence for the species-level ID. So, Cirrhochrista mulleralis may be correct, but I can't find any photos of it with the "heartbeat" squiggles on the lower part of the wings.
    Posted one month ago
    1. Super useful thread, that looks like a breakthrough!

      Heartbeat is such a nice way to describe the pattern and it looks like the species you suggest has it:
      http://v3.boldsystems.org/index.php/Taxbrowser_Taxonpage?taxid=403058
      (scroll down and click the left photo)

      Only reservations that one person in that forum does not trust the BOLD assessment, but for now I'll take the risk of being just as correct/incorrect as BOLD. I think this is the only documentation out there.

      Thanks so much!
      Posted one month ago
      1. I saw that as well - that one person who questioned BOLD...And, then also wondered if that doubter was an expert or could be equally incorrect, haha. There's not much documentation online though, and I agree with your assessment. Posted one month ago
  2. Holy wow!! :o That pattern! Posted one month ago
  3. To be honest with you Ferdy, I like all the foto's of your moths. Posted one month ago
    1. Thanks so much. Have you ever considered giving it a try yourself?

      How fun this is to me is also a fairly recent discovery, before that I was completely ignorant about moths, and hardly interested in them. Now, I'm like an addict. The appeal is of course the beauty and diversity, but also how it is relatively easy to do.
      Posted one month ago
      1. Well, at the moment we have to wait till the weather is getting better, I can give it a try in Greece next may.
        Posted one month ago
        1. That would be wonderful! Some community members annually participate in Moth Week, which is usually organized around July. Previous editions:


          https://www.jungledragon.com/tag/47411/recent
          Posted one month ago

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''Cirrhochrista grabczewskyi'' is a moth of the family Crambidae. It is found in subtropical Africa from Senegal to Kenya, and is also known from Zimbabwe and South Africa.

It has a wingspan of 24–30 mm.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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Uploaded Feb 4, 2020. Captured Jul 23, 2019 20:14 in Unnamed Road, Madagascar.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/11.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO64
  • 105mm