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Red-winged Sallow Moth - Hodges #9942 - Xystopeplus rufago

Red-winged Sallow Moth - Hodges #9942 - Xystopeplus rufago
Mobile (Dog River), Mobile County, Alabama, USA
February 7, 2009
Perhaps a Red-winged Sallow?

Red-winged Sallow
Red-winged Sallow, it is.

Yes, I think you are correct
This looks like it may be 9942 – Xystopeplus rufago

If you look at the sample images on MPG, you'll find a few dark versions that look nearly identical to your shots.

Not an expert
but I agree. I have photos of 2 from my yard that look like this and I call them Xystopeplus rufago (Red-winged Sallow - Hodges#9942) in my database.

posted if you want to look. Turns out it probably was just one that stuck around till the next day.
Nina - take any you may want for the guide.

what about you? you can put them up in the guide as example photos 8;)

too many don't you think? I was hoping for help "weeding out" the junk.
Maybe keep 1-2-4?
Just 1-4?

In looking over many images
I can see that some have the spotting/lines above the upper open cells/spots. Perhaps yours is an exceptionally dark specimen, but I think that X. rufago is the best match. I've looked at live specimen images, as well as pinned spread wing.

The good thing about BG is that if we're wrong on our ID, someone is free to step in and correct us.

I've had a number of these visitors in the last month. The pristine condition of my specimen leads me wanting to know more about their life cycle. Thanks for your help and reassurance.

I think that as folks get photos with better resolution, higher megapixels, perhaps we're getting to see better detail? Just a thought.

So Many Moths
So many species that are so similar. I've noticed the spots on my specimen have "eyebrows." Perhaps these are a variable or just worn off the other specimens. I want to be certain as an incorrect ID would just get duplicated. Thanks for your help.

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