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Moth ID from Sinharaja, Sri Lanka

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Old Wednesday 22nd May 2019, 11:37   #1
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Moth ID from Sinharaja, Sri Lanka

Please ID this moth from the cloud forest at Sinharaja, Sri Lanka, 09 December 2018.
Even the family would be useful, as that would remove hours of searching.

Thanks very much,
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Old Wednesday 22nd May 2019, 13:26   #2
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Try the Nyctemera or Asota Andy.
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Thats a great help, cheers Andy
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I actually found a picture of it on an advert for a lodge but it wasn't named.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/categ...9837427059565/
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Try the Nyctemera or Asota Andy.
It's neither.

It belongs in the Zygaenidae, subfamily Chalcosiinae, possibly in the genus Eterusia.

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I found it , Eterusia aedea well done Martin.

https://www.google.com/search?q=Eter...w=1366&bih=613
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They are a notoriously difficult group. I personally wouldn't attempt a species det on just a photo (as can be seen from the differences between the above photo and the ones on Andy 's link - especially the basal are of the forewing).
I know a specialist in this group so I'll see what he has to say.
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Thanks very much both of you. Martin, I look forward to your friend's experienced opinion. It was is the high mid hills at The Rainforest Ecolodge, Sinharaja, Sri Lanka on the 9th Dec last year. It is part of the cloud forest. A small cut into the forest, even as small as this, prevents the cloud descending and changes the whole ecology of the lodge, in terms of precipitation. (Obviously, the removal of even a small part of a given habitat has negative effects.) Even the most ecofriendly places affect the ecology of an ecosystem. Perhaps a necessary evil in the protection of such habitat. The surrounding forest becomes protected, due to eco-tourism, rather than cleared for another plantation.
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They are a notoriously difficult group. I personally wouldn't attempt a species det on just a photo (as can be seen from the differences between the above photo and the ones on Andy 's link - especially the basal are of the forewing).
I know a specialist in this group so I'll see what he has to say.
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Yes, sorry, hadn't looked closely enough.

Some stunning moths in this group, this is Eterusia repleta

https://i.pinimg.com/236x/af/ea/84/a...utterflies.jpg

Edit: aedea, is the only Eterusia on the sri Lankan list if this can be trusted?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...forester_moths
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I've heard back from my colleague.

This is Eterusia aedea cingala, a subspecies endemic to Sri Lanka.

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