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Dysodia - Dysodia granulata

Dysodia - Dysodia granulata
Southwest Research Station, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
August 1, 2008

Moved from Dysodia.

6078 - Dysodia oculatana....
.... at least this moth is almost a perfect match for one photographed by Rob Curtis at Bentsen State Park in the Rio Grande Valley (the only species of Dysodia known from there). On the other hand, Bruce Walsh's photo for SE AZ is much lighter than our eastern photos. Jillian Cowles has a light Dysodia at MPG shown on her collection pages as D. granulata (no doubt based of Walsh's example). Her photo is also shown on the D. oculatana species page (probably my error during the conversion of MPG, I'll move it). It might be a while before I can check the Dysodia in the USNM.

Dysodia oculatana

Color variation
The others in the guide, from farther east, are much lighter in color though the patterns are similar. Is this an expected variation?

I think I made too quick of an ID, the species is ID'd as granulata on the moths of SE Arizona webpage, and this ocultana is not known from that area. I checked Moth Photo Group and they did not have granulata, did you collect/mount this specimen?

So, I'd go with the ID of D. granulata - my mistake.

Genus for now
I made the D. granulata page then decided this moth still looked too dark compared to the other pictures I found on the web, and with a slightly different marking pattern, so I left it on the genus page for now. I notice that Dyar named a few species in the genus from Mexico and the Southwest based on markings and these species are no longer considered valid, so there may be a lot of color variation.

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