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Photo#172043
Small Moth - Argyrotaenia franciscana

Small Moth - Argyrotaenia franciscana
Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County, California, USA
March 3, 2008
Size: around 10mm
The antennas are somewhat short, and very straight in these pictures

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Moved
Moved from Garden Tortrix.

Palps are too long for C. peritana.

 
Thanks for the correction, and for the tip...
...about the palps. Honestly, I am almost afraid now to post photos of tortricids because so often I feel like I am reposting photos of C. peritana, or something else that I have had ID'd for me before, and yet it is so hard to be sure!

Thanks again!

Moved
Moved from Moths.

This seems to be Clepsis peritana
I will move it there unless there are any objections.

Beautiful moth!
Looks like it's covered in lichen.

 
lichen...is that a possibility?
I have been considering posting a topic in the photography forum here because this in not an altogether uncommon look on the moths that I have photographed. I generally have little choice but to use a flash. Could this be the result of reflective parts of the moth causing the less reflective areas to appear darker than they are? In this case I was using the built in flash, and at it's lowest output, however, I was necessarily very close to the rather small moth.

Since I just wrote the question I may as well post it in the forum, however, I invite any comments from readers of this post as well!

Tortricidae; possibly a species of Platynota....
.... near 3738 - Platynota labiosana

 
Thanks, Bob...
...I think there may have be both a male and a female present, however the other one of the pair was too elusive to be photographed. Thanks, Again!

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