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Laudable Arches Lacinipolia laudabilis

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ptexis

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October 22, 2017 09:55 PM CDT

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Sorry guys, I think My first ID was incorrect. I've found several other specimens that clearly are implicata, and I think this one is, too.

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mako252

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July 31, 2019 07:34 AM CDT

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ptexis

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July 6, 2019 05:51 AM CDT

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The marks are 1mm, the TL of the moth is 22 or 23 mm.

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jeffmci9

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August 19, 2017 09:41 PM CDT

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ptexis

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February 27, 2019 04:30 AM CST

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Crambid Snout Moths Family Crambidae

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htrudell

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August 26, 2011 09:44 PM CDT

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Unicorn Prominent Schizura unicornis

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ptexis

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June 23, 2019 11:34 PM CDT

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htrudell

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August 27, 2011 10:05 AM CDT

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ptexis

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September 19, 2018 07:36 AM CDT

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Incense Cedar Sphinx Sphinx libocedrus

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ptexis

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April 26, 2019 10:15 PM CDT

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ptexis

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January 20, 2018 10:31 PM CST

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Bent-line Carpet Moth Costaconvexa centrostrigaria

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ptexis

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February 7, 2019 07:32 AM CST

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Help! Identotron thinks this is Costaconvexa centrostrigaria, but I don't think so. But I don't know what it is. Any ideas out there?

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Blastobasid Moths Family Blastobasidae

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gcwarbler

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March 21, 2019

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greglasley

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September 24, 2016 10:31 AM CDT

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Broad-lined Angle Digrammia atrofasciata

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ptexis

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March 7, 2018 09:39 PM CST

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unusual color?

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ptexis

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August 11, 2016 11:26 AM CDT

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found in building under construction

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Underwing Moths Genus Catocala

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krancmm

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May 20, 2018 11:12 PM CDT

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ptexis

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July 15, 2018 10:24 PM CDT

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ptexis

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June 3, 2018 11:39 PM CDT

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ptexis

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September 12, 2017 10:17 PM CDT

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This is the first example that i have seen at my site of a Pyrausta in the onythesalis/pseudonythesalis pair that is completely without a dashed T line.

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greglasley

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September 21, 2016 08:00 AM CDT

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Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
21 September 2016

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Dimorphic Gray Tornos scolopacinaria

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krancmm

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May 25, 2018 10:31 PM CDT

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Little Nymph Underwing Catocala micronympha

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krancmm

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May 13, 2018 12:18 AM CDT

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ptexis

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November 15, 2017 10:21 PM CST

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Kendall's Wave Idaea kendallaria

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ptexis

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June 11, 2017 11:07 PM CDT

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sambiology

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April 6, 2018

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Had such a blast with other iNatters at the Del Rio gathering. I saw lots and lots of new plants and animals -- so these ID's are tentative. I'll have to do a little more digging later.
https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/sambiology/15447-spending-time-with-inat-community-in-del-rio

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ptexis

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March 16, 2018 07:09 AM CDT

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gcwarbler

Date

March 31, 2012

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Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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I'm tentatively identifying this very plain pug moth as Eupithecia zygadeniata, a species whose larvae have been documented on Green Lily (Schoenocaulon) in Central Texas.
http://bugguide.net/node/view/315640
Both MPG and BG have just a single image of one pinned specimen (from Texas Lepidoptera Survey):
http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=7532
http://bugguide.net/node/view/315640
Blanchard and Knudson (1985, p. 670) describe this species as having "powdery gray" wings.
The BOLD website shows several pinned specimens, some apparently from CO.
http://www.boldsystems.org/index.php/Taxbrowser_Taxonpage?taxid=226156

Compared to the Common Pug, E. miserulata, this species has wider or longer FWs. The FWs have numerous but very indistinct crosslines and only the tiniest of dark discal dots, if any. I've noticed on this image that the abdomen has a series of black dots in the center of each segment, each of which is shaped like a minute chevron or crescent, yielding a distinct row of black dots down the length of the abdomen. As well, all available images seem to show a complete, sinuous or dentate pale subterminal line extending the entire breadth of the FW from the costa to the outer angle. Again, I don't know if either of these latter aspects are diagnostic, but they are distinct in these respects from my series of E. miserulata images.

The species was originally described from Bosque Co., TX. Blanchard and Knudson report it from Comal and Kerr Cos. The present image is from a private ranch near Camp Wood in Real Co., TX. IF anyone ever finds the orange and black larvae on Green Lily in the wild, it would be tremendously valuable to raise those to adulthood to get more images of this poorly known species.
Compare also to this tentatively IDed image of E. jejunata:
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/2572994

Ref: Blanchard, A., and E. C. Knudson. 1985. The Eupithecia (Lepidoptera:Geometridae) of Texas with a description of a new species. Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 87(3):662-674.
http://biostor.org/reference/75172

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Swift Pug Eupithecia jejunata

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gcwarbler

Date

March 15, 2015

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I originally thought this was E. zygadeniata, but I now see it matches images in Blanchard & Knudson (1985) of a different Texas species, E. jejunata. This species has obscure crosslines and tiny/absent discal dots like the former species but is smaller and not as "powdery gray"; The PM line (termed "subterminal" in McDunnough, 1949, p. 574) is doubled, enclosing a narrow pale band; this is inside the true subterminal whitish line which crosses the entire width of the FW. Another character mentioned by McDunnough (p. 574) is a pair of small obscure dark patches just inside the subterminal white line, one in the middle and one near the lower end of that line. This species apparently (?) shares with E. zygadeniata the row of black dots on the center of each abdomenal segment. Compare with my concept of E. zygadeniata here:
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/2572990

Ref.: Blanchard, A. and E.C. Knudson. 1985. The Eupithecia (Lep.:Geom.) of Texas with a description of a new species. Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 87(3):662-674.
http://biostor.org/reference/75172

McDunnough, J. H. 1949. Revision of the North American species of the genus Eupithecia (Lep.:Geom.). Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 93(8):533-728.

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ptexis

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January 20, 2018 10:36 PM CST

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krancmm

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March 23, 2018 06:58 AM CDT

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Or C. lethe or ...

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gcwarbler

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March 1, 2017 10:01 PM CST

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This was one of the nice discoveries on the first day of March; first for the yard. I keep photographing Eupithecia's in hopes of uncovering something different and it finally worked. This is Bolter's Pug Moth which ranges from AZ east to Central Texas. MPG at present does not show any Texas records:
http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=7500
The species is sparsely recorded in Texas but has been documented as far east as Waco (McClennan Co.). This appears to be a 2nd Travis County record, just a few days after the first one was uploaded to BG: http://bugguide.net/node/view/1343373

I've added a marked-up version to illustrate key points for identifying this species (based on McDunnough's 1949 monograph and a more recent article by Blanchard & Knudson (1985)*).
1. FWs narrower and more pointed than most other common Eupithecia's.
2. Oblique dark marks from costa meeting at the discal spot, forming a conspicuous "triangle" on the costal margin.
3. Discal spot a prominent vertical bar.
4. Thin black line extending from lower end of discal spot towards base of FW.
5. Pale unmarked buff/gray areas flanking the discal spot; also the inner 2/3 of HW similarly unmarked (more so than most other Eupithecia).
The black inverted "Y" or 3-bladed "propeller" on the thorax seems to be diagnostic for this species, at least among CenTex Eupithecia's.

These ID notes have been added to the BG species page here:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1043092

* Blanchard, A., and E. C. Knudson. "The Eupithecia (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) of Texas, with the description of a new species." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington (USA) (1985).

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ptexis

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August 29, 2017 10:50 PM CDT

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ptexis

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June 24, 2017 06:04 AM CDT

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I think this specimen is an example of an overlooked Texas species. Rindge (1959) described it and looked at 21 specimens from the OK border south to Cotulla. He also included a specimen from NM and one from Coah. MX. At BOLD there is a specimen identified as imperdata from Baboquivari, AZ, and one from the OK border of TX. The type locality is Kerrville, TX. The darkly pigmented line on the fold that connects the AM line and PM line is a character of the pattern of imperdata.

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ptexis

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February 13, 2018 10:29 PM CST

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Smoky Arches Drasteria fumosa

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ptexis

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February 9, 2018 11:52 PM CST

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ptexis

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November 19, 2017 09:01 PM CST

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ptexis

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November 21, 2017 08:39 PM CST

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November 21, 2017 07:11 AM CST

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October 26, 2017 06:32 AM CDT

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Fall Armyworm Moth Spodoptera frugiperda

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krancmm

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December 18, 2017 05:48 PM CST

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ptexis

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June 18, 2017 11:18 PM CDT

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ptexis

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July 25, 2017 06:18 AM CDT

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@gcwarbler -- help me, I'm lost. So far as I've learned to date, there are six or seven genera of moths that have this general silhouette, and I've grown interested in them. Out at the Devils River, I regularly see a selection of the genera, and I've amassed quite a collection of images. But it seems the more I look at them, the less I understand. I recently decided this moth is a Tornos abjectarius. However, even more recently, I recently came across your post about identifying E. miserulata (and on the basis of the illuminating description and illustration you offered, I have identified this moth as such). I know the whole batch is tough to identify with certainty, but what do you think this one might be--Tornos, Eupithecia, or something else??? If this is a Eupithecia, I think I have to go back and re-identify some of the images of very similar moths that I have posted here and at BG.

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cmeckerman

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December 4, 2017 09:41 PM CST