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Rhamphura ochristriata - Rhamphura

Rhamphura ochristriata - Rhamphura
Wildwood Park, Ventura County, California, USA
May 22, 2015
Fortunately few moths in this family known from California. This moth perfectly matches online images of this species and there are no other moths to confuse it with.

It was very common at this location, with one at almost every flower of Centaurea mellitensis.

It's probably a bit misleading to figure that few moths in this family are known from California; it's probably more accurate to say that few moths in this family have been described from California. Powell estimates that there are over 100 species in the state, with only about a third of those currently described.

That's not to say that your ID is wrong, of course - it could very well be correct. I just wanted to bring attention to potential complexities when dealing with this family.

True enough
Thanks for the comment -- it is true. I was trying to imply that there are probably undescribed species and known species not recorded from California yet. These moths are very poorly studied... I took a look at the entire family on MPG for North America and there is one other species that is superficially similar, but the markings are still different.

I guess it is hard to be sure if there are undescribed spp. that may look like existing species.

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