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Zale curema? Zale confusa? - Zale

Zale curema? Zale confusa? - Zale
Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida, USA
June 9, 2015
Size: Forewing ~21mm
At outdoor light. This one looks different, especially with respect to the hindwings, from my recently posted #8701 Zale confusa here, and I thought it might be #8709 Z. curema or #8707 Z. metatoides, the latter, however, having not been reported from this far south. Jason Roberts was so kind to look at my photos and suggested that the moth might be Z. curema. I would appreciate confirmation of this ID if that is possible.

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Zale confusa?
Most likely this is a Zale confusa, a multivoltine species that looks quite similar and has been encountered by me at my site a few times, Dale Schweitzer had mentioned it as a possibility but I had considered it unlikely because BOLD's TaxonID tree for my "curema does not show any close relationship between those two.

Moved from Zale curema.

Not curema
Dale Schweitzer was the Zale-expert who had informed me that Zale curema is a univoltine species that would fly early in the year, and not in June like my moth (see my previous comment). I recently looked at the information available in BOLD for all the specimens that provided the matching DNA for my moth, and I found that all of them were collected in June. Taking Dale Schweitzer by his word, I conclude that my curema, and presumably all those with a matching DNA, are not curema but another, perhaps the same, Zale species. The two Zale metatoides with the closest match were collected in Tennessee in the second half of May, perhaps too late also for this univoltine Zale.

Moved from Zale.

I went ahead and moved it since BOLD confirmed the ID via DNA sequence.

Moved from Moths.

Z. curema?
The DNA data collected by BOLD suggest that this is Zale curema (BOLD-3S5PORQY7). However, I have been advised that Zale curema would be expected in April and not June in this part of the country. Yet, the sequences of Z. confusa and Zale metatoides are close but are considered not close enough to make them possible alternatives.

Moved from ID Request.

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