sleeping Beauty / спящая красавица
Woody Hollow, BCP, Austin, Travis Cty, TX USA
11 mm. Nice one!
Thanks to Alciphron for ID.
Dozens flying around Aesculus californica. I also reared two of them on this plant a few weeks ago.
This individual was interesting--sort of--because it seemed to violate a key field mark I'd deduced a while back. Normally, I distinguish Oak Leafroller from the similar female Fruit Tree Leafroller because the former has a "blonde (pale buff) thorax" instead of mostly brown. This moth violates that criterion, except that I noticed the thorax is very worn--almost scaleless--which gives a view of the thorax surface under the scales which is ruddy brown. It's the *scaling* on fresh individuals which is blonde, not the thorax body itself. So caution is advised on using that mark.