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:

Notes: 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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Related plant species:
Fabaceae subfamily PapilionoideaeErythrina abyssinica (Larval foodplant)
Literature: africanmoths.com

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths: Agathodes musivalis .
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/insect-display.php?insect_species_id=402670, retrieved 28 June 2017

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