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Photo#1009176
moth help needed - Omphaloscelis lunosa

moth help needed - Omphaloscelis lunosa
Reston, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
October 13, 2014
Size: 15-20mm
observed on porch near light. Have seen similar specimens over past 2 weeks

Images of this individual: tag all
moth help needed - Omphaloscelis lunosa moth help needed - Omphaloscelis lunosa

Moved
Moved from Variable Sallow.

Omphaloscelis lunosa
This is a new arrival to the North America. This is now the first record for North America. To this moment I know of 6-7 records all between Reston, VA and Potomac, MD. Thanks to Tim Reichard for finding these.

 
re omphaloscelis
that's quite a surprise, and very interesting. I have seen (and photographed) what I believe to be the same species annually since, and have found an image from 2013 that may be one as well.

 
Would you submit your other examples?
Especially any that stretch the known ranges of years of occurrence, flight period, wing pattern/color variability, and geography. And don't worry about if any ends up being identified as a similar species.

 
Sure will
added a couple this morning, will collect the others and add as well

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Moved from Owlet Moths.

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Moved from Moths.

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Moved from ID Request.

vein pattern
at first, this reminded me of a Silky Sallow, but the venation was not correct, so I went to the wing section at MPG and found a match to this moth; look at the photo plate by Jim Vargo in the center near the bottom of the page http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=9941

Sericaglaea signata - Variable Sallow - Hodges#9941

and one from this guide:


 
thank you again
novice that I am, it's a small victory to have gotten to "sallow", but I think you've put me much closer than that. However, the comments by Robert Zimlich under the BG image you reference indicate that the PM and ST lines of the Variable Sallow are scalloped, whereas in my specimen they are relatively smooth. Perhaps your initial thought of Silky Sallow is correct? The overall pattern looks close to me; I'm not able to distinguish the venation concern you mentioned, although the wing color is definitely darker than most examples I can find.

 
back to the drawing board
I see the comments about the scalloped PM and ST lines. But I'm concerned about the venation. The Silky Sallow has one vein that runs from the basal area and parallel to the inner margin and only one vein beside it angling toward the orbicular spot; whereas your specimen has both of those veins and third vein that runs between those two. That may not be significant, but it struck me as important. Maybe someone else will have another take on this discussion.

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