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Moth, dorsal - Anania labeculalis

Moth, dorsal - Anania labeculalis
Lincoln National Forest, Guadalupe Ranger District, Eddy County, New Mexico, USA
August 5, 2015
Size: 10.2 mm Forewing
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This moth came to a mercury vapor lamp set-up on 05 August 2015 in Turkey Canyon at 5400 ft. elevation on Forest Road 527, Lincoln National Forest, Guadalupe Ranger District within Queen 7.5 minute quadrangle, Eddy Co., NM. Several other insect images from this event are posted.

I initially identified this moth as Blepharomastix ranalis (see comments below). However, I was unable to locate any other photos of that species for which the namesake hollow spots on the forewings are not, in fact, hollow. Barnes 1914(1) states of Pypausta pseudoranalis (now in Blepharomastix) that it is,

"Remarkably like Blepharomastix ranalis Gn. in markings, but [with a 24 mm wingspan] slightly larger, and differing in palpal structure, these being long and beak-like, considerably longer than in ranalis; the t. p. line is also slightly more waved in our new species; the [ochreous] color is much paler than that of the Arizona form of ranalis."

Size for my image is determined from the sheet it's on having 80 by 100 threads per inch. I estimate a wingspan of 23 mm from this if properly spread. This is indeed slightly larger than 16-20 mm for B. ranalis. My moth has an upturned head, revealing a long beak-like palpal structure consistent with B. pseudoranalis images at Its t. p. line is indeed slightly more waved. It is significantly paler than the one current BG submission of B. ranalis from Arizona. Given these, and the absence of hollow spots for B. pseudoranalis, that's surely what it is.

Moved from Blepharomastix pseudoranalis.

Thanks Jim. Looks good. MPG reports it in the vicinity too.

Moved from Hollow-spotted Blepharomastix .

See remarks above.

Moved from Moths.

It looks very close to some of the other BG B. ranalis images. And, MPG reports it found at the same location. But, one of the spots on each forewing that should be hollow, isn't. Confirmation or correction is appreciated.

I'm thinking 4959 – Anania labeculalis
Check the several BOLD images.