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Cosmet Moth - Cosmopterix lespedezae

Cosmet Moth - Cosmopterix lespedezae
Mobile (Dog River), Mobile County, Alabama, USA
June 30, 2009
Cosmopterix clemensella #1493?

Moved tentatively - any clear pics of antennae?
This one's pretty much a toss-up between teligera and lespedezae. Here is what Koster says:

teligera (apex-base): 8 white, 10 brown, 2 white, 2 brown, 2-3 white, 6 brown, then brown-white mixture for rest.

lespedezae (apex-base): 8 white, 10 brown, 2 white, 2 brown, 4 white, 7 brown, then brown-white mixture for rest.

So the third white section from the apex is larger in lespedezae than in teligera.

Of course, this is all tentative. I don't know how reliable this trait is, but it's the best I have to work with. Dissection would be the only foolproof way.


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I believe you're right
I just ID'ed one and your's looks just like mine! The only thing that threw me off is the range is listed south to the mountains of NC (I'm in the coastal plain of NC). But the markings are the same compared to photos on MPG and through the BOLD Project, so maybe the range is larger than recorded???

 
Ranges are imperfectly known
.... especially so for micros. Plus, there is a difference between "breeding range" which may be tied to specific plants, and wandering areas that species move through just to explore and possibly exploit. Global warming induces many species to move up-slope and to higher latitudes. Storms, giving wind assistance to movements complicates things in other ways.

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