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unknown moth - Hydriomena nubilofasciata

unknown moth - Hydriomena nubilofasciata
Aromas, San Benito County, California, USA
January 12, 2009
Size: ~24mm wingspan
Came to black light. Yet another Geometrid? (live oak/chaparral habitat).

100% DNA match
100% DNA match at BOLD to Hydriomena nubilofasciata.

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7258 – Hydriomena quinquefasciata

7276 – Hydriomena nubilofasciata

Right yet again Nina
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7276 – Hydriomena nubilofasciata
.... good sleuthing. We have three photos of this species by John Davis which, combined, show all the markings seen in this photo. One of the CBIF spread specimens also backs strongly this designation.

Your comment under another of Gary's photos made me chuckle. I too prefer to search through the living moth photos at MPG. We have photos now of about 7,500 species of spread specimens, but only 3,500 species of living moths. The specimen photos are indispensable, especially in the case of highly variable species. I've begun work at the USNM to add thousands of spread specimen photos to the MPG database. It's going to be a very long and slow trip through that massive collection, beginning in Tortricidae and then through the rest of the micros. New photos should be popping up weekly here. Selected Specimens from the U.S. National Museum

glad that my sluething paid off!
Gosh am I bad at the pinned specimens, but in this case, they were the only place to look. Also, happy to make you chuckle--you've helped me many times and I hope to offer chuckles ahead as well ;)

Sometimes I copy the user's image into a photo editor, then rotate it until the left wing is in the same orientation as the pinned specimen's wings. Makes things much easier. Also, some users submit "upside-down" or "side-ways" images so I do the same before looking at live images.

This is a Hydriomena sp.

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