What a stunning little moth!
Three possibilities for you to look at:
I have not checked the distributions of these species.
Let me know what you think.
they are all present on my Country ...
The Adscita albanica seem to have the wing more tight/close, at least it's what I see from all the photos on the web, maybe it depend from the position, but that was the first impression that I had.
The most of the photos around the web are wrong, but I saw that many Adscita sp. have the upper part of the ants of the same colour of the wing, I don't know if it could help.
This subject have the ants all black. But maybe it depend from the age of the Moth ...
BTW, the Adscita sp. seem more common than the Jordanita subsolana, around the italian forums I have not found photo of this specie.
Now I go to work, when I back I'll check again.
Thanks for your help!
"The genera Adscita and Jordanita can be distinguished at the blunt or sharp antennae of males:"
http://www.lepiforum.de/lepiwiki.pl?Adscita_Statices (includes a comparative photo)
Your specimen has blunt tips, so it is not Jordanita.
That's a nuisance...
...because I don't know how to differentiate the species of Adscita
It is easy to get mislead by the colour: some really are more green or more blue, but how they appear in photographs can be misleading.
As well as the three species I mentioned above, these are also possible:
- Aa. alpine, geryon, italica (I don't think A. mannii).
Maybe you could contact Matteo Luciani, to see if he has any guidance to offer, as a fellow Italian macro photographer. I note he has a photo (I can't link to it directly) of a specimen similar to yours, which he labels 'Adscita sp.' (so you are not alone in having difficulty with this genus).
yes, I think it's a Adscita sp. but for some species seem impossible to id without the genitalia analysis.
Here is the Italian checklist of the species:
Adscita albanica (Naufock, 1926)
Adscita alpina (Alberti, 1937)
Adscita budensis (Speyer & Speyer, 1858)
Adscita chloros (Hübner, 1818)
Adscita geryon (Hübner, 1813)
Adscita globulariae (Hübner, 1793)
Adscita mannii (Lederer, 1852)
Adscita notata (Zeller, 1847)
Adscita statices (Linnaeus, 1758) (North Italy only)
Adscita subsolana (Staudinger, 1862)
Adscita tenuicornis (Zeller, 1847)
Thank you for the help!
PS: Matteo Giuliani is just a photographer of macro shots.