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Cabbage Webworm Moth Hellula rogatalis

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naturephotosuze

Date

July 8, 2012 10:06 AM PDT

Description

Legacy Park

Cabbage Webworm Moth - Photo (c) Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved (CC BY)
garybnunn's ID: Cabbage Webworm Moth (Hellula rogatalis)
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jimjohnson

Date

February 20, 2020 09:15 PM PST
Orthosia praeses - Photo (c) Gary McDonald, all rights reserved
garybnunn's ID: Orthosia praeses, a member of Cutworms and Dart Moths (Subfamily Noctuinae)
Added on February 24, 2020.
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naturalista66

Date

March 25, 2017 09:11 PM PDT

Description

Nature Center Amphitheater

Nocloa rivulosa - Photo (c) Rich Schilk, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
garybnunn's ID: Nocloa rivulosa, a member of Cutworm Moths and Allies (Family Noctuidae)
Added on February 21, 2020.
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kevinliam

Date

March 25, 2019 10:20 AM PDT
Nocloa rivulosa - Photo (c) Rich Schilk, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
garybnunn's ID: Nocloa rivulosa, a member of Cutworm Moths and Allies (Family Noctuidae)
Added on February 21, 2020.
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Subterranean Dart Feltia subterranea

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bewickwren

Date

February 14, 2020 09:43 PM PST
Subterranean Dart - Photo (c) Russell Pfau, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
garybnunn's ID: Subterranean Dart (Feltia subterranea)
Added on February 19, 2020.
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Cabbage Looper Moth Trichoplusia ni

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bewickwren

Date

February 14, 2020 09:46 PM PST
Cabbage Looper Moth - Photo (c) Tony Morris, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
garybnunn's ID: Cabbage Looper Moth (Trichoplusia ni)
Added on February 19, 2020.
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jenniferarrow7

Date

February 15, 2020 06:40 PM PST
Tachystola hemisema - Photo (c) K Schneider, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
garybnunn's ID: Tachystola hemisema, a member of Concealer Moths (Family Oecophoridae)
Added on February 19, 2020.
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lorri-gong

Date

February 14, 2020 07:26 PM PST
Egira cognata - Photo (c) Gary McDonald, all rights reserved
garybnunn's ID: Egira cognata, a member of Cutworms and Dart Moths (Subfamily Noctuinae)
Added on February 19, 2020.
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Omnivorous Looper Sabulodes aegrotata

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lovellhsu

Date

February 16, 2020 09:05 PM UTC
Omnivorous Looper - Photo (c) Jim Johnson, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
garybnunn's ID: Omnivorous Looper (Sabulodes aegrotata)
Added on February 19, 2020.
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Walnut Spanworm Moth Phigalia plumogeraria

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bethpratt1

Date

February 17, 2020 08:44 AM PST
Walnut Spanworm Moth - Photo (c) Gary McDonald, all rights reserved
garybnunn's ID: Walnut Spanworm Moth (Phigalia plumogeraria)
Added on February 19, 2020.
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bethpratt1

Date

February 17, 2020 08:43 AM PST
Orthosia pulchella - Photo (c) Jim Vargo at Moth Photographers Group, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
garybnunn's ID: Orthosia pulchella, a member of Cutworms and Dart Moths (Subfamily Noctuinae)
Added on February 19, 2020.
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Walnut Spanworm Moth Phigalia plumogeraria

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gheaton

Date

February 16, 2020 12:03 PM PST
Walnut Spanworm Moth - Photo (c) Gary McDonald, all rights reserved
garybnunn's ID: Walnut Spanworm Moth (Phigalia plumogeraria)
Added on February 19, 2020.
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White-lined Sphinx Hyles lineata

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janetrose23c

Date

February 18, 2020 01:52 PM UTC
White-lined Sphinx - Photo (c) Gary McDonald, all rights reserved
garybnunn's ID: White-lined Sphinx (Hyles lineata)
Added on February 19, 2020.
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euproserpinus

Date

October 25, 2019 08:17 PM PDT
Pseudobryomima fallax - Photo (c) John Christensen, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
garybnunn's ID: Pseudobryomima fallax, a member of Cutworms and Dart Moths (Subfamily Noctuinae)
Added on February 13, 2020.
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pam-piombino

Date

October 18, 2017 07:25 PM MDT

Description

came to MV light

Homoglaea carbonaria - Photo (c) BJ Stacey, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
garybnunn's ID: Homoglaea carbonaria, a member of Cutworms and Dart Moths (Subfamily Noctuinae)
Added on February 09, 2020.
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adriscoll

Date

March 12, 2019 08:50 PM MDT
Homoglaea carbonaria - Photo (c) BJ Stacey, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
garybnunn's ID: Homoglaea carbonaria, a member of Cutworms and Dart Moths (Subfamily Noctuinae)
Added on February 09, 2020.
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caremarie

Date

April 5, 2019 04:49 PM MDT
Homoglaea carbonaria - Photo (c) BJ Stacey, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
garybnunn's ID: Homoglaea carbonaria, a member of Cutworms and Dart Moths (Subfamily Noctuinae)
Added on February 09, 2020.
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tlr06754

Date

November 19, 2019 12:50 PM MST
Homoglaea carbonaria - Photo (c) BJ Stacey, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
garybnunn's ID: Homoglaea carbonaria, a member of Cutworms and Dart Moths (Subfamily Noctuinae)
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finatic

Date

April 7, 2018 09:05 PM PDT

Description

BioBlitz organized by the Natural History Club at San Diego State University
Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve
Riverside County, California, US

Rufous Quaker - Photo (c) Dick, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
garybnunn's ID: Rufous Quaker (Protorthodes rufula)
Added on February 09, 2020.
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Common Eupithecia Eupithecia miserulata

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arnel

Date

August 11, 2017 10:02 AM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Pug Moth (Eupithecia scabrogata), identification highly tentative. The genus Eupithecia contains at least 1400 species of moths globally, making it the largest genus of moths in the world. Known as Pug Moths, members of this genus are relatively small moths with long, narrow forewings and diminutive hindwings that are almost covered up by the forewings. Adults at rest often hold their forewings at right angles to their bodies, with their hindwings underneath, giving the creature a "soaring hawk" appearance. There are about 160 species of these moths in North America, north of Mexico.

Getting to species with Eupithecid moths is a tricky business, as they're not well studied, and new species of these moths are being discovered all the time. I'm basing my identification of the moth in my picture on photos at the North American Moth Photographer's Gallery:

http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=7583

The individual that I've photographed has the long forewings and small hindwings of all pug moths; however, the tips of its forewings have rounded point to them. The wings are generally a cryptic, dull, dark brown, with just a few darker blotches near the leading edge of the forewing and tinier, white speckles elsewhere on the wings. There is little in the way of a pattern on its wings. The NAMP pictures for E. scabrogata show that they have wings that are similar in shape and color, though they may be a little lighter or a litter darker than the moth in my photo. They also have dark blotches near the leading edge of the forewings, white speckles elsewhere on the wings, and little in the way of a pattern.

Other features that I compared were the antennae (partially shown in my picture) and the overall body shape. The antennae appear to be simple, narrow, and whip like, with none of the frilly appendages or other structures that one sometimes sees in moth antennae. Again, this is consistent with the NAMP phtos for E. scabrogata.

The body shape is narrow overall, with a relatively small head, a bulge in the middle for the thorax, a pinch in the body just below the thorax, and an abdomen that bulges slightly at the top and then tapers to a point. This is mostly consistent with the NAMP photos, with the only difference being the lack of the "pinching" of the body just below the thorax in some of the NAMP pictures of E. scabrogata. One of the pictures does show this feature, however, so I suspect that there may be some sexual dimorphism going on.

Finally, the range map accompanying the NAMP photos indicates that this moth has been found frequently in northern California, which is consistent with what other sources indicate is the range for this moth (British Colmbia to California and Arizona).

There were a few other species depicted in the NAMP gallery that came close in appearance to the species depicted here. E. plumasata, in particular, comes very close. It just seems to a stronger pattern of vertical lines running acrosss its forewings than the moth in my picture. E. indistincta also comes close, but seems to be too pale in overall wing color.

This is my best, educated guess as to what this moth is. However, given how cryptic Eupithecid moths are, and given the shnumber of species in the genus Eupithecia, it is entirely possible that this identification could be wrong.

Common Eupithecia - Photo (c) Greg Lasley, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
garybnunn's ID: Common Eupithecia (Eupithecia miserulata)
Added on February 09, 2020.
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Poison Hemlock Moth Agonopterix alstroemeriana

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dloarie

Date

February 5, 2020 09:20 PM PST
Poison Hemlock Moth - Photo (c) Gary McDonald, all rights reserved
garybnunn's ID: Poison Hemlock Moth (Agonopterix alstroemeriana)
Added on February 06, 2020.
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dloarie

Date

February 5, 2020 08:05 PM PST
Egira hiemalis - Photo (c) Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved (CC BY)
garybnunn's ID: Egira hiemalis, a member of Cutworms and Dart Moths (Subfamily Noctuinae)
Added on February 06, 2020.
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hannawacker

Date

September 15, 1948

Description

Pero macdunnoughi #25972 Det. John L. Sperry Julian, California. September 1948, Noel Crickmer

Grand Canyon Museum Collection
2 Albright Ave, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023
Phone: (928) 638-7769
https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/historyculture/muscol.htm

Pero macdunnoughi - Photo (c) Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved (CC BY)
garybnunn's ID: Pero macdunnoughi, a member of Geometer Moths (Family Geometridae)
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danielgeorge

Date

January 24, 2020 06:53 PM PST
Orthosia erythrolita - Photo (c) Gary McDonald, all rights reserved
garybnunn's ID: Orthosia erythrolita, a member of Cutworms and Dart Moths (Subfamily Noctuinae)
Added on February 04, 2020.
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Omnivorous Looper Sabulodes aegrotata

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rachelahouser

Date

January 30, 2020 12:40 PM UTC
Omnivorous Looper - Photo (c) Jim Johnson, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
garybnunn's ID: Omnivorous Looper (Sabulodes aegrotata)
Added on February 04, 2020.
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Alfalfa Looper Autographa californica

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chrysaetos

Date

February 1, 2020 08:59 PM HST
Alfalfa Looper - Photo (c) Dick, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
garybnunn's ID: Alfalfa Looper (Autographa californica)
Added on February 04, 2020.
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pileated

Date

January 10, 2020 06:04 PM PST

Description

Family Nature Night at the SBBG

Egira hiemalis - Photo (c) Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved (CC BY)
garybnunn's ID: Egira hiemalis, a member of Cutworms and Dart Moths (Subfamily Noctuinae)
Added on February 04, 2020.
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American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

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drdantru

Date

February 4, 2020 09:04 AM PST
American White Pelican - Photo (c) TexasEagle, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
garybnunn's ID: American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
Added on February 04, 2020.
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virusmanbob

Date

January 23, 2020 11:50 PM PST
Feralia februalis - Photo (c) Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved (CC BY)
garybnunn's ID: Feralia februalis, a member of Cutworm Moths and Allies (Family Noctuidae)
Added on January 31, 2020.
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Citrus Cutworm Egira curialis

Observer

cjackson

Date

January 17, 2020 07:47 PM PST

Description

I think this is it, but I will try to make better photos of the specimen and post those.

Citrus Cutworm - Photo (c) Gary McDonald, all rights reserved
garybnunn's ID: Citrus Cutworm (Egira curialis)
Added on January 31, 2020.
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