Agathodes musivalis - Painted pearl

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Agathodes musivalis
Agathodes musivalis

Photo(s): Bart Wursten: left: Nhambo cottages, Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge,Zimbabwe; right: Zebra Ranger Camp, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.

Species details:

Note: This is an unusually shaped moth for this family with very narrow wings held very much backwards. The abdomen is often held strongly curved upward. In males the the wing tip is hooked.
Distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, Madagascar and La Reunion.
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Fabaceae subfamily PapilionoideaeErythrina abyssinica (Larval foodplant)
Literature: africanmoths.com

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-17

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2017). Flora of Zambia: Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths: Agathodes musivalis .
http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/insect-display.php?insect_species_id=402670, retrieved 26 September 2017

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