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Harnessed Tiger Moth - Apantesis phalerata

Harnessed Tiger Moth - Apantesis phalerata
Kenner, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, USA
April 30, 2008
Pretty sure but I would like a confirmation before moving to species level please.

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Apantesis
For this one I'll say yes to Apantesis phalerata, ... but with reservations. Without seeing the hind wings, I can't rule out A. vittata ... a remarkably similar species to A. phalerata. The two prominent spots on the collar strongly indicate phalerata, but it seems according to various sources, that vittata has those as well. But my call would be for phalerata and I'd say it's safe to move to species page, since my comments record the reservation on the ID.

 
Thanks!
I knew there might be trouble determining species which is why I left it in ID. Should anybody feel that it does not belong here, please leave a comment.

Thanks again J.D.!