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Ellabella editha

Ellabella editha
n.w. Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
February 29, 2016
A few of us have recently photographed this Ellabella in Central Texas which clearly matches E. editha better than E. melanoclista which would be the expected species based on the range maps in Heppner's 1984 revision of the genus. Note the raised blackish scale tufts on the FWs, especially visible in the second image. It's not terribly surprising that we would get one or both of these "Mahonia" specialists in the Austin area as Mahonia [= Berberis] trifoliolata is a common shrub here and another species M. swayesii reaches its eastern range limit near Austin. Opinions on the present critter are welcomed.

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