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chipperatl

FOY Moth, and already a mystery - SW MI 4/12

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We had one day where the temp was high enough to get a couple of moths out.  This first one I found, I can't seem to find any match in my Field Guide.  Nothing seems to match this red/orange speckling on it.  Both pics are of same moth.

27603128268_8460644eb6_c.jpg_91A8256 by chipperatl2, on Flickr

26602630607_cb5aa5e023_c.jpg_91A8255 by chipperatl2, on Flickr

 

I'm batting .500 as I was able to ID this one as Reddish Speckled Moth.

41431641822_fa5eb99c4a_c.jpgReddish Speckled Dart-2 by chipperatl2, on Flickr

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Possibly Acleris busckana, although I'm definitely not sure. Good call on the dart, by the way!

One thing -- your field guide (most likely Peterson?) isn't going to include everything you find. There are simply too many moths for a book to cover them all. Especially when you get into these smaller things. It's a good place to start, but then I go to Moth Photographer's Group (http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/Plates.shtml ) and look over the plates. They have live images of quite a few and pinned moths for most of the species in N. America. They also link to Bugguide for those species that have a page there.

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