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Hodges #4663 - Heterogenea shurtleffi

Hodges #4663 - Heterogenea shurtleffi
Moccasin Lake, Winston, Douglas County, Georgia, USA
July 15, 2009
Size: 6mm measured length
Attracted to UV light. Wings folded tent-like at rest. The measured length of 6mm refers to measurement from nose to wing tip. No page exists in BG for this moth.

Moved from Lithacodes fiskeanus.

Jim Vargo explains that the most obvious difference are the labial palpi which are reduced and not visible from above in Heterogenea shurtleffi. The long palpi are easily seen in the images at BOLD and the pinned image at MPG. Also, the wing tips are much more rounded in L. fiskeanus.

Moved from Lithacodes.

ID Info?
Why isn't this Heterogenea shurtleffi?

I don't see it ...
These do not look like the fresh specimen of Lithacodes fiskeanus on BOLD.

How so?
In what way is this different? Heterogenea shurtleffi appears to be highly variable.

What ever this is, I don't think it matches the original description, BOLD images or the pinned image at MPG for Lithacodes fiskeanus. The inner transverse line should be straight and sharp not jagged and wavy. I think this more reasonably matches Jim Vargo's Heterogenea shurtleffi at MPG, large image here. Even Mark Dreiling's image DNA tested image here seems a marginally better match than the BOLD image of Lithacodes fiskeanus here, an image which does seem to agree with the original description.

Ken Childs reported that MPG images of Lithacodes fiskeanus by Mark Dreiling were actually Heterogenea shurtleffi. After checking it out, I realized that none of the live images of that species were Lithacodes fiskeanus with the one possible exception of this image by Jerry Armstrong, though I'm pretty sure that even if it's not shurtleffi, fiskeanus might still be difficult to support.

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