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Microtheoris vibicalis? - Microtheoris vibicalis

Microtheoris vibicalis? - Microtheoris vibicalis
Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
July 4, 2016
Size: 8mm



Moved from ID Request.

AK, I was surprised to see how few of these have been placed on BG. Looks suspiciously like it, but I don't feel comfortable placing it. None of mine have been so vaguely marked in the AM area.

Microtheoris vibicalis?
Thank you for your help and comment.
Could the vague markings on the submitted photo be a flash-related artefact? By the way, I submitted a photo of the same species (the lateral view) taken with a flash on 06/22/14.
Cheers -


AK, I saw this one here but it has more red in the AM line. I did, however, notice more brown with the red than I have seen at my sheets for this species. I do not think it is flash related. Notice that all of the other identified specimens are very clearly red/pink with distinct AM and PM lines.

Microtheoris vibicalis
I will keep my eye open and a camera ready for the next M. vibicalis specimen. If other brown-AM line cases would be documented, they might suggest the presence of a local subpopulation (geographic variant) in central Texas. Unfortunately, M. vibicalis is rarely seen in Austin.
Regards -


You might contact Chuck Sexton. He has collected a lot in the Austin area. He might be able to shed some light on the subject. He has been out of town lately and may not have seen this one. I have found him very helpful.

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