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Pink Scavenger Caterpillar Moth - Hodges #1512 - Pyroderces rileyi

Pink Scavenger Caterpillar Moth - Hodges #1512 - Pyroderces rileyi
Mobile (Dog River), Mobile County, Alabama, USA
April 14, 2009
Size: 7mm
Would this be a Pyroderces badia?

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Pink Scavenger Caterpillar Moth - Hodges #1512 - Pyroderces rileyi Pink Scavenger Caterpillar Moth - Hodges #1512 - Pyroderces rileyi

Moved
Moved from Pyroderces.

Moved
Moved from Pyroderces.

Probably 1512 - Pyroderces rileyi
... based on size. This species and 1513 - P. badia can be separated in some cases by size, but more reliably by the color pattern of the hindtibia. P. rileyi has a wing length of 4.2-6.8 mm, while P. badia's is 3.5-5.4 mm. To prove the case you should collect a series, examine the hindtibia, and submit specimens for barcoding.

In P. rileyi the hindwing has a median white streak with a dorsolateral row of brown scales. In P. badia the median white streak is unicolorous. So sayeth Ron Hodges in MONA Fascicle 6.1 (1978).

 
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Measured with digital calipers. I'll capture the next one and submit. Thanks.

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