Moth Wing Features

I realised that many people may not understand the names of the moth wing features that I routinely use in identifying moths. I made this, and I hope it is useful (This is Version two - first one had a spelling mistake!).

Posted by mamestraconfigurata mamestraconfigurata, November 10, 2019 20:36

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Great stuff, thanks @mamestraconfigurata.

Posted by benkeen 3 months ago (Flag)
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This is outstanding! Thanks for sharing this.
Flagging fellow moth-ers so they can reference it when helping people: @sambiology , @gcwarbler ,@kimberlietx , @annikaml, @ellen5, @thebark, @jordandcochran, @jjmiller , @aguilita, @royaltyler, @mako252, @jeffmci9

Posted by amzapp 3 months ago (Flag)
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I'm totally bookmarking this, so I don't have to guess

Posted by ellen5 3 months ago (Flag)
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Very nice! I use a field guide for the ones I don't know, but it's much better to have an online image so I don't have to get up and walk 3 steps to get the book. Ha! Thanks for posting this! (And thanks for the tag @amzapp!)

Posted by kimberlietx 3 months ago (Flag)
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Much help to have a nomenclature. Thanks! @starrgirl Worth bookmarking.

Posted by thebark 3 months ago (Flag)
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Am I right in guessing that the spots (orbicular, claviform and reniform) are more about the shape of the spot (circular, club shaped and kidney shaped) rather than their position on the wing - unlike most of the other parts labelled? asks the moth bystander :)

Posted by marykrieger 3 months ago (Flag)
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@marykrieger Yes you are correct, although the spots do show up in the same place on the wings. The orbicular is round or oval (occasionally it merges with the reniform in some groups). The reniform is kidney shaped, and often the filling and the colour of the outline are important. The claviform is the really variable one - on many moths it is absent. Keep in mind that this is a rather 'classical' moth and fairly often moths may be missing some these main features, or they may be distorted. Except for the Costa and the inner margin - all moths have those!

Posted by mamestraconfigurata 3 months ago (Flag)
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super - thanks for the clarification :)

Posted by marykrieger 3 months ago (Flag)
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Thanks all for the feedback. These are the most common field marks, so I hope that this will be useful. A full glossary (wing veins etc.) can be found at http://pnwmoths.biol.wwu.edu/about-moths/glossary/

Posted by mamestraconfigurata 3 months ago (Flag)
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This is great! Thanks for posting it.

Posted by jordandcochran 3 months ago (Flag)
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Thanks for guide, @mamestraconfigurata, and tag, @amzapp!

Posted by annikaml 3 months ago (Flag)
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Wonderful. Thank you!

Posted by mothmaniac 3 months ago (Flag)
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Thanks for sharing this!

Posted by jeffmci9 3 months ago (Flag)
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Fantastic! Thank you!

Posted by jjmiller 3 months ago (Flag)
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Thanks for sharing!

Posted by aguilita 3 months ago (Flag)

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