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Mystery Moth - Choreutis emplecta

Mystery Moth - Choreutis emplecta
Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, USA
September 12, 2020

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Mystery Moth - Choreutis emplecta Mystery Moth - Choreutis emplecta

Moved to Choreutis cf. emplecta
Moved from Choreutis.

If you don't mind telling, where exactly did you find this? It should probably be reported to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and tracked. If possible, please collect specimens. Feel free to drop me an email. I would be interested in adding this to MPG.

 
Thanks
Thanks, Steve. I sent you an email. This was spotted in downtown Santa Monica and unfortunately these were the only photos I was able to get. More specific location details at the iNaturalist link below.

How do you separate C. emplecta from C. sexfasciella?

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/59399595

I also reported it at:
http://reportapest.cdfa.ca.gov/

 
Choreutis cf. sexfasciella
Nice catch. I'm changing it to Choreutis cf. sexfasciella. I can't tell the difference. I would not be surprise if two species were determined to be conspecific given the descriptions and the images of specimens from their native ranges. See the Info page for details. Since sexfasciella is popping up in many locations outside its native range and it has priority in the event of a lump with emplecta, I'll go with cf. sexfasciella. And thanks for the tip on the other sighting posted at iNat!

Moved to Choreutis
Moved from Butterflies and Moths.

This looks a lot like Choreutis emplecta (Turner, 1941), Proc. Roy. Soc. Qd. 53:93; TL: Albany, Western Australia. This would be a recent introduction. I could find no records from outside of Australia.

See images at BOLD and images at iNaturalist, especially #28917282, as well as original description.

Thanks for adding the higher res copy. If this is not as full resolution, please replace the image with a more tightly cropped image at double the res if possible.

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

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