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Unknown Moth - Tebenna gemmalis

Unknown Moth - Tebenna gemmalis
East of Yuba Pass, Sierra County, California, USA
July 11, 2007
Nectaring on Eriogonum umbellatum along roadside opening in montane coniferous forest, not far above sagebrush zone.

Moved from Tebenna.

2644 - Tebenna gemmalis (almost certainly)
.... ID by Jerry Powell, west coast moth expert, to whom I sent the photo. He says "I have reared it from Balsamorhiza along that road."

I'll move it to the T. gemmalis guide page. Nice to know host plant & locale info. Many thanks to both you and Jerry.

Looks like one of the

That was quick :-)
I checked out the Tebenna images on BugGuide...species gnaphaliella looks promising. Thanks John, I had no idea where to start with this one.

there are a few
that look much like yours--you might want to look through the images on MPG to help figure out exactly which one you've got.

Exact one not clear to me...
but having looked at a number of Tebenna images online now, I'm fairly confident that's the right genus (though I'm only going by "look").

A query of the California Moth Database shows records for four species (gemmalis, gnaphaliella, immutabilis, and xeronastes). From the geographic distribution of those records, T. gemmalis and T. immutabilis would seem the more likely candidates. The online images I've found of T. gemmalis seem to show more yellow-orange on the thorax and wing bases than my specimen exhibits (though perhaps that's within variation?). I couldn't find images or descriptive info for T. immutabilis.

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