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Cobalt Blue Insect - Harrisina metallica

Cobalt Blue Insect - Harrisina metallica
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
April 25, 2008
Size: max. half inch
This beautiful insect has appeared on my Grape leaves for the second year. Wings & Body is Cobalt blue in color, the head looks darker almost black. The insect looks much like the Oleander Moth, but without the white spots & red tail.

Sure would like to know what this is.

Kay-Marie - Las Vegas, NV

Moved to species page.
See if the caterpillars on the species guide page don't look familiar, also:-) If you can get a better image of the adult moths, we could use it, obviously.

Cobalt Blue Insect
It is so rare to see these and I have yet to find it again this season. I've never seen the caterpillar nor can even guess what it would look like.

After looking at the "near resemblance" to the Oleander Moth, I realized the antenna on the ones I am trying to identify does not have the hairiness to the ones of the moth. I am looking at a different insect, but the colors and bodies are somewhat similar.

I will continue looking for it, but it may be next year before I again capture an image.


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