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Moth, Unknown - Elaphria fuscimacula

Moth, Unknown - Elaphria fuscimacula
Houston, near Memorial Park, Harris County, Texas, USA
August 2, 2016
Came to lights at night. I need help with an ID.

Moved from Grateful Midget.

Sorry Kathy, moved in error. E. grata has white in the reniform spots.

Thank you for your help.
I am always glad to learn new tips. Do you have a favorite website or book for locating such information? It is sometimes hard to learn specifics about different species.

Katy, I did not remember seeing your moths before and now I know why. You are already identifying most of them yourself. I am sorry about this mistake and so glad you caught it. I am from Houston, and cannot believe the moths you are seeing there. We have a place close to Buffalo Bayou, and I have quit putting up a sheet because I have so few moths. I have been blaming it on the mosquito spraying, but obviously that is not the problem. You have seen some GREAT ones there.

As for websites or books, I use the information pages at BG and original descriptions when the information pages are not helpful enough. I use MPG and BOLD almost exclusively when I am trying to locate what is a new species to me. More and more I am using their spread plates rather than their main pages since it is easier to go to some of the more unusual ones that do not appear on the main pages that way.

As for books, I have some but find they are often missing the species I am looking for. I use Seabrooke Lecke's book some and she will have one with more species out this fall, I think.


A Question
I was looking at a photo I have of an E. fuscimacula and I am wondering what makes this moth an E. grata. Thank you for any clues you can give. Katy

Thank you.
I just noticed that this had been moved. Thank you for your help. Katy

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