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A Heterocampa? - Heterocampa biundata - male

A Heterocampa? - Heterocampa biundata - Male
Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida, USA
March 27, 2018
Size: Forewing ≈25mm
Attracted to black light around midnight. This one kept me guessing and wondering, but I convinced myself that this is an unusually patterned prominent moth and I settled on Heterocampa guttivitta (Saddled Prominent) as the most likely ID - but then, I may be completely wrong. Please set help.

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A Heterocampa? - Heterocampa biundata - male A Heterocampa? - Heterocampa biundata - male

Moved from Butterflies and Moths. The searchable specimen ID in BOLD is BOLD-3LRS4KIO9.

Kimball 1965
states that "All Florida specimens [of H. biundata]with the exception of Escambia County are the reddish form...."

H. biundata seems a better fit than guttivitta

My second choice
Thank you, Tony, for suggesting H. biundata that had been my "runner up" and may well be the correct choice. I favored H guttivitta because of its more uniform color pattern that my moth shares. I have to wait for what others have to say, but Kimball's 1965 statement about a prevalence of the "reddish form" of biundata in Florida is not well supported by the selection of more recent specimens pictured in BugGuide for Florida.

Tony is an expert. I would go with his opinion.

Yes, Heterocampa biundata
I have been waiting for BOLD's DNA results: Yes, it is Heterocampa biundata. You are right, Ann, Tony is an expert I should have trusted. Now, I am far from being an expert, but to me my moth looks somewhat unusual when I compare it with others in BugGuide, and it may need the experience of en expert to recognize what it is. Thank you very much, Tony, for your interest and input, and your suggestion.

of guttivitta and biundata can be readily separated by examining the 8th sternite (brush off the scales; or by dissecting genitalia (Forbes 1948 part II Leps. of NY)

Glad to hear that you are submitting to BOLD. Interesting, isn't it.

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