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Doa ampla - Hodges #8041 - Doa ampla

Doa ampla - Hodges #8041 - Doa ampla
8 mi. SW of Wimberley, Comal County, Texas, USA
May 2, 2008
Size: 35mm wingspan
At incandescent porch light. Wings have a high sheen; hind wings appear dark gray at some angles, light gray at others. I suspect it is a male, but among five individuals encountered in a week, all have the same plumose antennae.

7/5/20008 - I received a publication by Knudson/Bordelon (Illustrated Checklist of the Lepidoptera of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Tx, Vol 2B:Macro Moths), which showed an identical photo on plate 4:26. They place it in its own family, Doidae, but mention that it's often placed in a subfamily of Dioptidae or squarely in Arctiidae. MPG lists it in Arctiidae but lacks a photo.

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All three images moved from Moths to new species page. I followed the placement (in family Doidae) used at All-Leps, since that's currently BugGuide's taxonomic reference for moths. They don't assign a tribe or subfamily, maybe because there's no need -- there being only a handful of species in the family worldwide.

I just wanted to be sure. Another new family for Bugguide.

It would be very nice to get confirmation. This is a famly that we don't have in the guide yet.

differences in nomenclature schemes adhered to. I would follow Bob Patterson's lead and place it in Arctiidae. He used these images to add to his plates at MPG.

Good to know
I looked at MPG site and would be happy to create a page for it, however I don't know which tribe it belongs to. Do you?
They don't seem to be the same specimen, the pinned ones don't have feathery antennae as this one. They are perhaps male and female.

I'm not even sure yet what family! Or subfamily - Bob positioned it right between both subfamilies in his plate series, so short of asking him what he thinks, I would place it outside both subfamilies, like the genus, Agaraea, and wait until the taxonomic smoke clears. The 3 images are one specimen, though. Note the small tip missing from the left antenna in all three. I looked at the specimen again and the drying drew the feathers up tight along the shaft. Not only that, but the feathers are in the same plane of view as the eye and thus are virtually invisible.

Originally posted wingspan of 23mm. This individual is actually 35mm and a second specimen measured 38mm.

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