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Lithophane undescribed species

Lithophane undescribed species "near disposita" - Lithophane
Marlton, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA
April 11, 2015
Size: Maybe around 21 mm?
Paul John - Lithophane "near disposita", an undescribed species found throughout New Jersey. The "true" Lithophane disposita is darker than this and found mainly in wetlands.

Measured "nose" to wingtip

Sometimes we put these types at the genus level, sometimes on a "no taxon" placeholder until the species is described, sometimes they go on a "fake" species page. I prefer the "no taxon" approach because when they eventually get moved to a species page the contributors actually get a notification of the species name instead of just renaming an info page and no one knows. Anyway, I'll let someone else flip the BG-coin. I think so far all of mine have ended up at genus level (at least I'll know if they get a species name).

Moved from Frass.

Moved from Pinions. ID confirmed, I'll try to collect some next year.

Honestly you may just want to put it on the disposita page for now. At least 14 of the 20 photos on that page are actually "near disposita". There are 5 or 6 on here that are true disposita. Over most of the East, near disposita is the common species, and true disposita is restricted to wetlands (I believe alder is the expected host of true disposita).

New page created
Any that you think should be moved would be great!

To me, the genus pages seems the most reasonable solution (obviously). I see that MPG does not have a page for such, despite having a similar page in the genus.

Moved from Moths.