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Small clearwing moth--Albuna sp? - Carmenta phoradendri
Williamson County, Texas, USA
September 16, 2008
Size: 10-15 mm
This small clearwing moth was nectaring on kidneywood flowers (Eysenhardtia texana) and from a distance I first mistook it for a small fly. However, with a closer look that fancy "fan" at the end of the abdomen, led me to think "clearwing" and in the image (but not through the camera) I could see the wings well enough to be sure.
In the Guide, it looks rather like _Albuna fraxini_ except that its antennae are all black--no yellow, dark legs, a prominent pale "collar" between head and thorax. An image in the Guide of _A. pyramidali_ has the black antennae, but lacks the prominent "collar" and the prominent abdominal rings.
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