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Genitalia Images

MPG has a Plate Series "N. Am. Lepidoptera Genitalia Library" which has several hundred images arranged in the most recent Phylogenetic Sequence; also includes Hodges's 1983 Sequence.

Genitalia are very useful, sometimes essential, to identify/confirm a moth's identity; scrolling through the MPG sequence allows one to compare congeneric species.

BG has no such feature. However, if the phrase moth genitalia is added to the 'Remarks' space when posting a genitalia image


it, the image, will appear in an 'Advanced Search' for moth genitalia along with every other moth genitalia image that has been so tagged.

Unfortunately, the images are arranged by observation date of the moth. Thus, the image I posted today (May 11 2018) ends up as the 5th image in the sequence as it was collected on May 4 2018.


selective retrieval
As of now, 18x2015, 675 moth genitalia images are retrieved when one does an Advanced Search using moth genitalia as the "Phase in Description". These images are arranged by collection date of the specimen.
Essentially impossible to compare species within a genus.

However, if one also enters the genus name in the "Taxon ID #" then only those genitalia will be retrieved in an advanced search.
Thus, entering Acleris and moth genitalia in the appropriate boxes one gets 17 results, easy then to compare species.

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