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Myelopsis alatella - Hodges#5720

Myelopsis alatella - Hodges#5720
1.3 miles NW of Camp Wood, Edwards County, Texas, USA
April 15, 2018
Size: apx. 8mm WL
Tentative placement. See BOLD TXLEP583-18 bin BOLD:AAH4287.

I have never posted this BOLD result to BG because I could not agree with the 100% solid ID. I think it looks more like Scoparia palloralis but I sent a specimen I thought looked similar and it had confusing results. See . Instead of confirming my thinking I have discovered there are some VERY confusing species among the "look alikes".

Since DNA does not lie, and these two are definitely two different species - they are only an 89% match to each other I will keep trying to get another one to match ONE of the two!

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Myelopsis alatella - Hodges#5720 Myelopsis alatella - Hodges#5720

Moved from Myelopsis alatella.

I have now decided this has to be a DNA mixup. I recently dissected a Myelopsis alatella which was identified to species by Dr. Anthony W. Thomas. So, I think this is Scopariinae

DNA mixup?
This has to be a scopariine

That is EXACTLY what I thought, but posted it because no one REALLY knows what a live M. atella looks like.

I know I did not mix up the specimen! I have a third one to send to BOLD this time and am interested to see how it turns out.

Note my comments on the thumb included here. This was the second one I sent to BOLD. Hoping the third specimen helps us clear this up.

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