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382 Amblyptilia pica - Geranium Plume Moth 6118 - Amblyptilia pica

382 Amblyptilia pica - Geranium Plume Moth 6118 - Amblyptilia pica
Bay Center 98527 Willapa, Pacific County, Washington, USA
July 5, 2003
Size: Wingspan ~23mm
Specimen Number 382
Locality: Coastal SW Washington State at the edge of Willapa Bay
Scale: Graph squares ¼ in² or 6.35 mm per side
geo:lat=46.624389 geo:lon=-123.949728
Note: A. pica has basic similarities with the Artichoke Plume P. carduidactyla. I find distinctive the mottled dorsal wing surface which creates a darker overall form, the more defined chevron pattern on the dorsal abdomen with usually two light (white) among a darker set and the distinctive distal portion of the closed wing surface with poorly defined triangle and absent white border. A second dark transverse band with a narrow white border just short of the actual margin of the folded wing. It is also a slightly smaller form from the six or so individuals in this collection.

Great post!
I think I have to review my plume moths now!

BTW- Your flickr link points to a different group of moths, but by backtracking I found the right group, so you may want to redirect the link.

for the heads up on the crooked link .. should work ok now.

Moved from Amblyptilia.

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