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Renia 9621 - Renia adspergillus - male

Renia 9621 - Renia adspergillus - Male
Pymatuning Reservoir, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA
July 1, 2007
Renia sobrialis perhaps?

Moved from Renia.

The wing shape and overall appearance look closer to a darker Renia adspergillus (male) in my opinion. Check out this MPG Vargo Plate for a side by side comparison.

Not sure if you noticed but I cleaned up Zanclognatha and updated the Info pages as best I could. You may want to check it over. I'm going to work on other genera in Herminiinae and am revisiting this species.

I see that the costa is slightly concave medially becoming strongly convex as it approaches the apex. The outer margin bulges outward before curving inward near the apex. Pinned examples of sobrialis seem to have the coastal and outer margins much less strongly curved. I'm guessing this is what you are referring to. Examples at BOLD of adspergillus appear to follow that shape but there seems to be a lot of overlap with sobrialis. Same goes for pattern and coloration.

The best reference I could find is Smith's 1895 paper on Deltoid Moths in which he says these two species cannot be separated except by size. However, his key to Renia species doesn't seem to be correct. Is there a better key I could access or more current descriptions?

Also, could you take a look at Peter Homann's image here and let me know what you think. Thanks in advance.

I agree. I was going by Covel
I agree. I was going by Covell's description. Unfortunately he doesn't describe R. adspergillus. He mentions the relative location of the antennae tufts as important but I found little to compare.

I'm moving it to the genus level. Feel free to move it to the species if you think that best.

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