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Texas SE Gulf Coast - Eulepidotis persimilis possible - Eulepidotis persimilis

Texas SE Gulf Coast - Eulepidotis persimilis possible - Eulepidotis persimilis
29.042716, -95.419511, Lake Jackson, Brazoria County, Texas, USA
July 10, 2020
Size: 16mm fwl
Slightly worn specimen.

Only live from Costa Rica through Mexico on iNaturalist; one collected by Mike Rickard in 2011, IDed by Ed Knudson and Don Lafontaine from specimen image. Specimen is now in McGuire collection.

Tentative ID based on comparing every BOLD specimen and those live on iNaturalist. Eliminated E. rectimargo as no indication of white "sliver", caused by white fringe under the brown lower forewing area. E. electa has much broader brown stripes and lower area. E. dominicata, also know from one specimen in TX also has slightly thicker brown diagonal stripes; it also has a dark blotch on the outer end of the hindwing. The difference is that it shows dark subterminal from the hindwing "tail" to the dark blotch, not present in E. persimilis.

E. persimilis has a consistently strongly striped white and brown collar; back of head white with a 2 brown bars across the back of the head, one under and one above the antennae with a brown "post" in the middle connecting the 2 bars. I didn't notice those attributes in the other possible taxa, but that may be an effect of the specimen images. The strong striped collar is present in the BOLD specimens for E. persimilis, especially the lateral shots.

I have other images of various close ups of this moth's sections on iNat: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/52663503

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