Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Butterfly or moth

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I live in Panama the country and a person that works with us discovered this moth or butterfly and we can not I.D it. He took a picture but I am unable to download it to you. But will be happy to send by e-mail. It is reddish violet with white markings. No one can I.D and I have found no pictures that look like it. It has the body of a moth but is real pretty like a butterfly.

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Dear Patrick - I am extremely reluctant to give out my personal email in a public forum such as this one. If you are having difficulty attaching your image on the AllExperts site, I suggest that you contact their technical support for assistance. Also, you could try uploading your image to service such as Photobucket or Flickr and than provide me with the link to the image in a follow-up AllExperts question. BTW, you are not the only one to report having difficulty loading images at AllExperts - there may be a glitch with some image formats...
Sincerely,
Saugy

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Ed Saugstad

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Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.

Experience

21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Organizations
Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

Publications
American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

Education/Credentials
B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

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