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Species Clostera paraphora - Hodges#7899

Clostera paraphora Moth, dorsal - Clostera paraphora Moth, lateral - Clostera paraphora Moth - Clostera paraphora Clostera paraphora
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Notodontidae (Prominent Moths)
Subfamily Pygaerinae
Genus Clostera
Species paraphora (Clostera paraphora - Hodges#7899)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
described in 1921 by Dyar, who originally placed it in genus Melalopha
wingspan 31-36 mm, based on three Internet photos
Adult: forewing more-or-less uniformly bluish-gray; PM line pale, wavy/meandering throughout its length; subterminal line an irregular series of black dashes or blotches; AM and median lines faint but usually distinguishable; hindwing medium gray
This is the only Clostera species appearing on lists from Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado/Utah.
Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming (according to distribution map on this page)
the only date found on the Internet was June 17 in Colorado
See Also
other species of Clostera (except C. inornata) lack a bluish-gray forewing and/or a wavy PM line (compare images of several species by Jim Vargo at MPG)
Clostera inornata is very similar (see photo) but is apparently restricted to Arizona and southern Texas (see distribution map)
Internet References
pinned adult images (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
pinned adult image plus photos of related species by Jim Vargo (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult image by Paul Opler, plus US distribution map (
presence in Colorado/Utah (1, 2) list with date (United States Geological Survey)