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Misidentified Protorthodes

We have one image posted under Protorthodes perforata. It is from Montana and cannot possibly be perforata based upon the range maps in revision of the genus by Lafontaine, Walsh & Ferris (2014). This image was placed under perforata a year before this publication, so I can understand this mistake. I think this moth would be better placed under Protorthodes incincta which is known from this part of Montana. Although perforata and incincta are not directly compared in the 2014 publication, I find them quite similar and would find them somewhat difficult to separate in areas where their ranges do overlap. One of the key differences that I can see is that the reniform spot of perforata is almost uniformly filled with a darker shade, whereas the reniform spot of incincta has noticeably darker shading of the inner half as seen in this moth in question. Here is a link to that image:

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