Once upon a time, a million 2.5 years ago, I w…

Once upon a time, a million 2.5 years ago, I was in my ancestral homeland (Maui), and was graced with the presence of this beautiful underwing moth, in the Eudocima genus. I tried and tried to ID it for a while, and finally realized I couldn’t figure it out because (1) Hawaii isn’t included as part of North America in bugguide, which is fair enough, but also (2) this genus contains an invasive species (Fruit-piercing Moth, Eudocima phalonia) that the feds are claiming hasn’t been present in Hawaii since 2001 [link]. 

Lots of other moths in this genus look similar, and I don’t have the keys to figure out which one I met, but these underwing moths are still pretty neat!

Seen on Maui, HI, January 20, 2016 / Posted June 14, 2018