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noctuoid - Paectes declinata

noctuoid - Paectes declinata
Avalon, Catalina Island, Los Angeles County, California, USA
July 4, 2016
I'm sure I've seen this one on bugguide before but I can't find it. Sorry for bad quality, I only had my phone on me; feel free to frass if not needed.


Moved from ID Request.

Paectes declinata?
The moth is listed on Powell's checklist for the island (no related species are included) and it does look a lot like Jeff Smith's pinned specimen at MPG:

© Jeff Smith, MPG

There are only two images of this species in BugGuide, and surpringly there are no Euteliids for California on bugguide at all. Makes me sorta wish I had my camera.

Can't comment on species…
But cool find! I didn't realize the family hadn't been recorded on the west coast on BugGuide before! By coincidence, a different species of Paectes wandered into my house tonight.

I had no idea either. And nice find yourself - must be Paectes season. Apparently this species is associated with laurel sumac which is pretty common here... knowing that, hopefully I can manage to run into another one (next time with my camera, hopefully).

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