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Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon

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anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 09:40 PM EDT

Description

Saw a lot of these.

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fleece-winged dart Euxoa velleripennis

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anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 10:50 PM EDT

Description

Thank you to Hugh McGuinness for correcting my ID. 27 mm long.

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Speckled Rustic Caradrina multifera

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anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 10:15 PM EDT

Description

15 mm long. Thank you to Hugh McGuinness for the ID (and to Joe Garris for help.)

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Yellow-striped Armyworm Spodoptera ornithogalli

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anita363

Date

August 20, 2006 06:04 PM EDT

Description

Just gorgeous! Unfortuately, a crop/garden pest. 20 mm long.

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Grateful Midget Elaphria grata

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anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 10:39 PM EDT

Description

Little guy -- ~14 mm long.

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Black-bordered Lemon Moth Marimatha nigrofimbria

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anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 10:35 PM EDT

Description

Not the best color (some green from the Hg vapor lamp) or exposure, but it's the best I got of this gorgeous little creature. Only 12 mm long.

Taxonomic revision (Lafontaine and Schmidt 2010): changed from Thioptera nigrofimbria

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Common Looper Moth Autographa precationis

Observer

anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 09:49 PM EDT

Description

I love the colors on this one, & the shapes in the "crest." Species wingspan 30-38 mm -- I was distracted by the very exciting Leopard Moth before I got a shot with a ruler.

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Hibiscus Leaf Caterpillar Moth Rusicada privita

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anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 10:02 PM EDT

Description

27 mm long -- one of the larger ones.
Taxonomic revision (Lafontaine and Schmidt 2010): changed from Anomis commoda

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Clover Looper Moth Caenurgina crassiuscula

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anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 09:48 PM EDT

Description

Not good color. I took this in existing light -- a Hg vapor lamp. Mistake! Looks white to the eye, looks dark blue-green to the camera. I corrected the color in Photoshop, but there weren't a whole lot of red bits there to work with.

Species wingspan 30-42 mm. Changed my mind on the ID. The Forage Looper Moth, C. erechtea, is very similar. Did my best, but ID help welcome.

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Green Cloverworm Moth Hypena scabra

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anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 10:09 PM EDT

Description

These are quite variable. Here's another one, with slightly different patterning: www.flickr.com/photos/anitagould/227858138/in/set-7215759...
Formerly Platypena scabra.

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Gray-edged Snout Hypena madefactalis

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anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT

Description

Love the purple shading. Formerly Bomolocha madefactalis.

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Green Cloverworm Moth Hypena scabra

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anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 10:14 PM EDT

Description

These are quite variable. Here's another one, with slightly different patterning: www.flickr.com/photos/anitagould/227857801/in/set-7215759...
Formerly Platypena scabra.

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American Idia Idia americalis

Observer

anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 10:00 PM EDT

Description

A lovely fresh individual.

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Speckled Renia Moth Renia adspergillus

Observer

anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 10:58 PM EDT

Description

Has very little of the dark filling in the yellow reniform spot that's usual in Renia, but seems to be within normal limits for this species. 23.5 mm across, which means a spread wingspan of ~30 mm -- too small for R. discoloralis, too large for Tetanolita floridana. I think the subterminal line is too speckly to be anything else, & antennal tufts (male) also match R. adspergillus well.

All 6 of my other R. adspergillus records are from June, and BugGuide shows essentially 1 flight only, so I was questioning the ID on that account. But this sp. has been found in NY as late as 8/30. Most likely it has a major flight in early summer and a 2nd, smaller brood later.

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Dark-banded Owlet Phalaenophana pyramusalis

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anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 09:43 PM EDT

Description

14 mm long.

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White-marked Tussock Moth Orgyia leucostigma

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anita363

Date

August 2, 2006 03:52 PM EDT

Description

Extremely cool critter, on my shoelace. By the swimming pool at our office outing.

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Delicate Cycnia Moth Cycnia tenera

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anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 10:36 PM EDT

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Eupithecia Moths Genus Eupithecia

Observer

anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 11:05 PM EDT

Description

Green is from the mercury vapor lamp.

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Large Lace Border Scopula limboundata

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anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 10:45 PM EDT

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Common Tan Wave Pleuroprucha insulsaria

Observer

anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 10:41 PM EDT

Description

Got 2 of this species; here's the other one (a little darker): www.flickr.com/photos/anitagould/227860005/

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Common Tan Wave Pleuroprucha insulsaria

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anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 10:44 PM EDT

Description

Color on this shot is not perfect -- the greenish highlights are coming from the mercury vapor lamp that was used to attract the moths. Got 2 of this species; here's the other one (a little more white in it): www.flickr.com/photos/anitagould/227860118/.

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Blackberry Looper Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria

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anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 10:42 PM EDT

Description

Somehow I expected these Emeralds to be bigger. They're tiny little things (at least, this species is) -- wingspan 16 mm.

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Common Gray Anavitrinella pampinaria

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anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 10:08 PM EDT

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Brown-shaded Gray Moth Iridopsis defectaria

Observer

anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 10:49 PM EDT

Description

Love this one. Isn't it handsome? Came to UV light.

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Black-spotted Leafroller Moth Sciota virgatella

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anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 11:03 PM EDT

Description

14 mm long. The green highlight is from the mercury vapor lamp. AKA Sciota virgatella.

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Bluegrass Webworm Moth Parapediasia teterrella

Observer

anita363

Date

August 13, 2006 11:03 AM EDT

Description

14 mm long. Thank you to Curt Lehman for ID confirmation.

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Snowy Urola Moth Urola nivalis

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anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 10:21 PM EDT

Description

Came to UV light. Not sure about the ID on this one, but don't know what else it could be other than a Snowy Urola; and the species seems to be relatively common at this site (seen at least 2X, on Moth Night and during the day). The problem is that it's completely missing the very distinctive dark terminal band. But the shape, size, and luster are spot on, and there's definitely a trace of the black dot in the middle.

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Hawaiian Beet Webworm Moth Spoladea recurvalis

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anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 09:54 PM EDT

Description

11.5mm long (head to wingtip). Such a striking little creature. Saw half a zillion of these in a grass (for hay) field next to a cornfield recently, on the Rutgers Cook College (ag school) grounds (~5 mi from the Butterfly Park). Caterpillar foodplants are beets, chard, amaranth, & various weeds. Maybe there is a field with one of those crops somewhere nearby, or maybe they are feeding on weeds.

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anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 10:46 PM EDT

Description

8 mm long. Tentative; vs Scoparia basalis. Mercury vapor lamp, park with butterfly plantings, meadow, small tract of deciduous woods, nearby suburbs & some agriculture.

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Distinct Sparganothis Sparganothis distincta

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anita363

Date

August 22, 2006 10:33 PM EDT

Description

MPG finally caught up with me on this one -- they didn't have anything matching it when I first went trying to ID it. This is the darker of 2 seen that date. 15 mm long, incl. snout.

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