Crypsis Challenge #11 Reveal: Moth

January 21, 2011 | Finca La Isla, Limon Province, Costa Rica

Did you find the moth in the image above? If not, don’t feel bad. I might not have seen it either, except I originally spotted the moth in a more conspicuous location. After a few shots (below), I deliberately spooked it in hopes that it would land in a location suitable for a crypsis challenge. Here’s an outline if you still need a little help finding it.

Moth revealed

Here’s where I originally spotted it. Not blending in so well, is it?

Camouflage fail

This moth’s shape suggests it might be in the family Tortricidae. It’s small, only about 15mm measured lengthwise in the photo below.

Attractively marked, up close

It really is quite attractive up close, with orange bordered wings. The labial palps have orange scales at their base as well.

Frontal view, showing labial palps

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3 Responses to Crypsis Challenge #11 Reveal: Moth

  1. Hardest crypsis challenge ever!

  2. John Schneider says:

    Here’s a similar one:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/60295555@N06/8997332568/
    Gelechioidea is suggested. I don’t think tortricidae have those upturned labial palps.

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