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ID Request - Allagrapha aerea – Unspotted Looper Moth?

ID Request - Allagrapha aerea – Unspotted Looper Moth?
Pitkin, Vernon Parish, Louisiana, USA
July 26, 2019
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I cannot make this moth look to me like anything but 8898 – Allagrapha aerea – Unspotted Looper Moth, yet I know it has not been reported in Lousiana before. Hopefully someone else got a shot showing the large gold head. It just kept that head tucked and I had no idea it might be important. I CAN see a tiny bit of gold on the head.

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Golden Looper
It's somewhat weird-looking, but this is what I think it is. I'm sure that you have more experience with this species than I do, since I have never seen one. Did you measure that grid? Please update the size field, if you can.
Argyrogramma verruca: Sometimes the stigma spots are hard to see. Look at the zoomed-in version of your image. Logic dictates that: "If it has spots, then it can't be un-spotted."

 
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Bob,

I have the Golden Looper here and they are very bright. I don't see the stigmas you referred to on mine, but I do see the tiny gold nose.

I photographed a Golden Looper at the event which I have not posted. I am sure someone else will do so.

Charles also has a Pink Looper, and I thought that was going to be the species, but could not make it look like that one to me.

To my eye they look very different.

No, I did not measure the grid. Wish I had since it would have helped me on others as well. I did not think of it! Charles probably knows if we really need to know.

Thanks for giving me your opinion.