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Wave - Scopula benitaria

Wave - Scopula benitaria
Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
May 6, 2017
Size: .75" across
Several waves that come close, but I've yet to find one that I am comfortable with.....pattern seems to very closely resemble Scopula benitaria, but based on pictures I've seen this one appears too white. I've seen a few of these little guys in the past two weeks, so not something that seems rare or unusual.

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Moved from Swag-lined Wave. Definitely not S. umbilicata which would show one or two more conspicuous dots in the terminal line of dots near the apex.
With a wingspan of 0.75" (about 19mm), this puts it close to the range of the small S. benitaria and out of range for the larger limboundata (wingspan of 24 to 27mm). Also, the outer one or two crosslines on limboundata tend to be blurrier.
I think we have been misdirected by the few previous images of benitaria available on MPG and BG which show a very orange moth. The original description in Barnes & McDunnough (1913) describe a small creamy white moth with 5 crosslines on the FW.

 
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Very interesting comment. I missed the size. I have sent 2 of the "yellowish" Scopulas which I have never been able to get a species placement on and have in my files as S. benitarias to BOLD and they have come back Scopula BioLep84 100%. That is one of the Costa Rican Scopulas so I have never put the information on BG. Have you approached Mike Quinn about this?

I think I still have some in the freezer or spread, so I may send some more.

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Moved from Large Lace-border.

 
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Paul, please enlighten me. I thought all specimens of this species had that black dot near the apex of the forewing.

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Moved from ID Request.

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Looks like this one to me. . They are quite variable.

 
You may very well be right -
You may very well be right - I had pretty much passed over this species b/c most have angular wing edges, but after looking at more pictures, apparently not all of them do.

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