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Hodges#4780 - Petrophila heppneri

Hodges#4780 - Petrophila heppneri
Campwood, Edwards County, Texas, USA
July 21, 2015
Size: 5 mm Wing Length
At first I thought this tiny moth was too worn to identify. Then I focused on the black horizontal line above the black fringe on the hind wing and the L shape of the Yellow ST line on the fore wing. I compared my specimen to shows that when not fully spread the hind wing back ground can appear white. I will definitely be looking for a prettier specimen to post.

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Hodges#4780 - Petrophila heppneri Hodges#4780 - Petrophila heppneri

Moved

Poss. Petrophila heppneri?
P. confusalis would be way out of range in the Texas Hill Country. Petrophila heppneri was described by Blanchard & Knudson from Texas in 1983. It is known from Bastrop, Kerr, Travis, Uvalde, and Val Verde Cos. It appears to be VERY similar to the Confusing Petrophila, with a zigzag median band, and a combined thin black line and salt-and-pepper pattern inward of the eyespots on the HW. The only images I can find are on the BOLD website. Is that a couple of your specimens illustrated on that page?

 
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You are right, Chuck. I am always amazed at what you find! But in my defense, MPG shows it in Texas. I would never have found the hepperni on a blank page!

Last year I made a huge effort to separate my Petrophilas into species. Studied a lot of them and differentiating some hindwing characteristics and sent some to BOLD. I had not realized that I never populated the species page AND I forgot to move this one. Thank you for catching this.

 
Presently studying Texas Petrophila
I made my comment precisely because I am in the middle of a study of Texas Petrophila's, or more specifically, an attempt to figure out how to distinguish our several species from photographs which often do NOT show the diagnostic HWs. Stay tuned. I'll keep you in the loop on that research.

This was all prompted because I am typically overrun with jaliscalis at my back porchlight in urban Austin yet a friend of mine just 30 miles away (in Dripping Springs) gets few jaliscalis but gets nice numbers of bifascialis and kearfottalis instead.

 
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Thanks. Will be interested to see what you came up with and compare to my observations.

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