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Black and gray moth - Chionodes bicostomaculella

Black and gray moth - Chionodes bicostomaculella
Chilton County, Alabama, USA
June 24, 2018
This was a black, gray, and orangish yellow moth. He had two black horns curled backwards sticking up in front of his head with with orange bumpers. I'm sorry I don't remember the appropriate terminology. His rope-like antennae originated just above his eyes and traversed 70% of his body. His legs were striped black and orange with orange skirts. Just below his thorax in the center, he had a very distinctive orange patch and below that two black orbicular spots. From his head, his overall banding sequence was gray-black-gray-black. His black AM band was angled downward and seemed to be composed of black vertical streaks. There were two small orange patches just above it near the inner margin. Just below it, there were two larger orbicular spots near the inner margin. His black PM band was straight. Just below it there were two orange patches on the costa. These, along with the central orange patch behind his thorax, were the characteristics that stood out under my flashlight. His fringe was gray. He was very angle-sensitive with the camera's flash and it had to be positioned slightly forward of his head. Otherwise, his details were glared-out. I don't recall seeing a moth similar to this.

ID suggestion: Amydria margoriella - Hodges#0335.

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Chionodes bicostomaculella
Moved to Chionodes bicostomaculella based on Jerry Armstrong's photo and Bob Patterson's comments here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/434486/441

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