Cameron County, Texas, US
Not common here at the eastern edge of its regular range, this is the only image I have of the species on the Refuge. At porchlight in open juniper-oak woodlands. Compare with MPG:
This is a very pale Matigramma moth. It resembles M. inopinata or M. emmilta, but those species are apparently only found well to the west of the Austin area, in the Trans-Pecos of Texas. I'll have to keep working on this one. At porchlight in open juniper-oak woodlands. MPG plate which shows the Matigramma's and related species in TX:
Ph. at a porchlight in open juniper-oak woodlands. MPG:
The Ophiusina are a subtribe of noctuoid moths. As such, they are placed in the tribe Catocalini of subfamily Catocalinae in the owlet moth family (Noctuidae). They do not seem to be very closely related to the Noctuinae – the core group of owlet moths – and in an alternate classification scheme, the Noctuidae are reduced in extent, and the present group is placed in a separate noctuoid family Erebidae and upranked to full tribe Ophiusini...