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Photo#1187453
Gem Moth - Orthonama obstipata - male

Gem Moth - Orthonama obstipata - Male
Tottenham, Ontario, Canada
August 12, 2011

Moved to The Gem
Moved from ID Request.

 
Thanks to all who worked on t
Thanks to all who worked on this one. It was a bit of a marathon!

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Don, this species can look like yours . I have recently been taking pictures of them with their wings in butterfly position and they have a spot (discal?) on the ventral side of each wing. However, I don't think we can ID one without more of the forewing showing no matter what the species.

 
Costa
The costa looks like a male Orthonama obstipata


 
With only an under wing view,
With only an under wing view, I didn't give you much to work with. Thank you very much for your efforts.

 
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Pretty good sleuthing. I did not have any "butterfly wing pictures of this species in my files, but here's a good one from BG files. . Congratulations!

 
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You were photographing in warmer weather, but mine did NOT want to open in the cold. I would suggest collecting, refrigerating, then photographing after the moth's metabolism has slowed if you haven't seen it before and really want it identified. You sometimes can have a lot of time to get the shots you want after they are cold.

 
Folded Wings
It’s common for geometrids in the Ennominae and the Larentiinae subfamilies to fold their wings at rest.

Looks like Geometridae
Perhaps Xanthorhoini

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