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Birch Skeletonizer - Bucculatrix speciosa

Birch Skeletonizer - Bucculatrix speciosa
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
July 26, 2016

Moved to Bucculatrix speciosa
Moved from Birch Skeletonizer Moth.

Tentative ID. Terry does not yet agree with this determination. He believes this may be canadensisella because the hind margin of the forewing from base to first white spot is too dark. But the arrangement of the 2 white marks along the costal margin with a 3rd at the apex seems to be in line with the description for speciosa and seems to contradict canadensisella which has 3 white marks along the costal margin and a 3rd at the apex. The placement of those costal marks is different with respect to the those along the inner margin. I pointed this out but have not yet heard back.

Not Sure
The white costal marks are set too far out. This looks like Greg Raterman's MPG image which I think is misidentified.

Edit: This matches Braun's original description of Bucculatrix speciosa here fairly well.

Bucculatrix speciosa
Steve, it does look like Jim Vargo's pinned specimen on MPG and the description sounds good.

I added a page here for B. speciosa. I'm waiting for confirmation from Terry or Charley before moving images.

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