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Common Swift Moth - Korscheltellus lupulina

Common Swift Moth - Korscheltellus lupulina
Ailsa Craig, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada
May 30, 2005
Size: wing length 10-12 mm
Came to garage light.
Update: title changed from "white-ribboned moth"

Hepialidae, but which one?
The jizz says "Ghost Moth!" But I couldn't find a photo of one really close to this. Went to the UKmoths site and I could find that white line but not the other features. Surprised to see the family in Handfield's "Papillions du Qu├ębec," and I'd guess that this is 0029 - Gazoryctra noviganna shown there in a lighter specimen. But maybe it is a different species. The The Strickland Museum Website has a photo that looks just a little too different to me and the flight season might be wrong. Strickland has species pages for two other Gazoryctra but it is neither of them. I ran out of steam at about this time. Tony Thomas recommended sending the two photos to Dave Wagner and I have done so. Maybe we'll hear something soon. This is too good a moth not to nail down. I crave larger photos :-)

Korscheltellus lupulina?
Thanks, Bob. I did some digging on the web and think it looks most like K. lupulina, sometimes listed as Hepialus lupulina or lupulinus (1, 2, 3, 4) - called Common Swift Moth in Europe, and apparently a recent introduction to North America.
On this U. of Florida page, I searched for Hepialidae and found two entries for K. lupulinus, both in Ontario: the first in Brantford (150 km from here) on 5 June 1995 (2nd Canadian record) by William Lamond, and the second in Guelph (100 km from here) from 6 June to 8 June 2000 by Jason Dombroskie. There were no records from the US.
Last night I found 3 more individuals, 2 with a more conspicuous/longer terminal portion of the white wing stripe.

K. lupulina
ID confirmed yesterday by Don Lafontaine (Agriculture Canada) who provided additional info that has been added to the Guide page.

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