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melanic Hitched Arches - Melanchra adjuncta

melanic Hitched Arches - Melanchra adjuncta
Ailsa Craig, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada
June 7, 2005
Size: wing length about 15 mm
Came to porch light. Don't know about this one; my closest guess in Apamea mixta.

melanic specimen?
After seeing a number of Melanchra adjuncta in the past several weeks, I wonder whether this is a dark form of that species (Hitched Arches). The markings look very similar - just darker. See comparison images of two individuals here.

Update 16 Jan 2006: Thanks to Jeff Crolla of Toronto for confirming the ID as a melanic Melanchra adjuncta.

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