Thursday, June 16, 2005

Small Magpie Moth

WE HAVE A WINNER!!!! No more calls, please!

Gentle Viewer and budding Entymologist Daniel Llavaneras of Caracas, Venezuela accepted the challenge and submitted a photo of our mystery moth to a website and found out what it was.

*drum roll*

The common name of the moth is Small Magpie
Tha scientific name is Eurrhypara hortulata

Complete taxonomic classification:
Phylum Arthropoda
Superclass Hexapoda
Class Insecta
Subclass Pterygota
Order Lepidoptera
Family Pyralidae
Subfamily Pyraustinae
Genus Eurrhypara
Species hortulata

BIG thanks to Jim McClarin from Nashua, New Hampshire USA and for helping with the identification.

If you read Spanish or even just want to check out his blog, it can be found here.

What it was doing in my BATHROOM is a question I'll leave for another time.

Muchas Gracias, Daniel!

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  1. That guy is a long way from home, but then, you must have had something to attract him in, as Magpies love bright shiny things to collect!

    Neat capture, on all accounts. ;-)

  2. found a wolf spider in a friend's bathroom once, at a rather inconvenient moment. i love the internet & the way it can tell you things.

  3. You won't believe me but remember when I devoted hours, days to researching this *%$#!ing moth!??? I, too, thought it was a magpie but wouldn't commit. I could have been a winner. Damnit!

  4. You're all wrong. I spotted one of these babies near the Navada Test Site in the "50s. It's a mutatation of a Moharch butterfly resulting from exposure to fallout from nucular weapons testing.

  5. Dude! That's where my people are from (downwind of the Nevada test site, that is...) - Uncle Mort, is that you?