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Photo#1102817
orange patterned moth - Apogeshna stenialis

orange patterned moth - Apogeshna stenialis
Salero Ranch, 10 mi E of Tubac, 5500 ft elevation, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA
July 15, 2015
Size: 1 cm forewing?
Not a great image but the best I could get by holding the camera underneath a leaf and blindly shooting. I'm interested in knowing what it is, but image can be frassed if not useful.

Moved tentatively
Moved from Spilomelini. I wonder if this is an undescribed western species? Moved here for now.

 
maybe undescribed
Hi Kyhl, I was just in east-central Sonora where I photographed another one of these lookalikes for Apogeshna stenialis. John Palting collected a specimen and commented, "That black marking near the tip of FW that cuts into the fringe doesn't match stenialis at all, and such markings are usually static, despite individual variation. So I suspect this is a Mexican taxa or undescribed."

Moved
Moved from Pyraustinae.

Moved
I, too, think it looks good for Apogeshna, but would like an expert to make the decision to greatly expand BG's (and MPG's) understanding of the beast's range. I also agree with your frustration about photographing the beast; I've gotten just one useful pic in all of my attempts at it in multiple states.

Moved from Moths.

Look in Pyraustinae
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Thanks! maybe Apogeshna stenialis?
Pattern matches up well, but range is only described for eastern U.S. One other photo from AZ.

 
If this were in the east...
I'd say yes. However, there are a lot of moths found only in Arizona (and south to Mexico) so I'm not sure.

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