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moth - Schizura

moth - Schizura
29.797499, -100.998049, Val Verde County, Texas, USA
July 25, 2017

Moved, Schizura
Moved from ID Request. Meant to comment on this one yesterday. I don't know how to tell the two apart either.

Prominent Moth
Can you tell the difference between these two choices? -- Unicorn Caterpillar Moth, Schizura unicornis (widespread) -- vs. -- Schizura errucata (southern Texas) I'm not sure.

Thanks, Bob
I'll look at the two carefully. They are on my suspect list. I recently had a series of S. errucata identified by Dave Wagner, and over the past six weeks I've had my first unicornis, several specimens come to my lights. In my area, the two are quite different. I am fairly familiar with both. S. unicornis is more a possibility than errucata, but I've only seen them in their tightly wrapped tube pose and when I try to imagine them in this pose, I lose a lot of certainty. I may catch the next I see and look at it more closely. Thanks!

ID of this Moth…
It appears to be a well aged & mature Definite Tussock moth…
Look here…

Thank you for the suggestion. This is not a great pic, and it is probably a worn specimen. Wear could explain several differences in pattern from a tussock moth, but I don't think it is Orgyia definita, as the hindwings are white in this specimen, and brown in pictures of pinned tussock moths. I keep thinking it is a notodontid (except that I can't find any notodontid that it resembles), but you've given me new places to look. Thanks!

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