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Cosmopterix - Cosmopterix pulchrimella

Cosmopterix - Cosmopterix pulchrimella
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
October 2, 2009
Size: 4.7 mm long
ID'able to species from antenna pattern?

Moved from Frass.
I think this is worth keeping, now that you've gone to the trouble to ID it. We don't have many shots of this species; it's the only full-on dorsal view, and the only October data point. Plus I like Steve's comment below about the Moths section (little has changed in the intervening 3+ years) and I'd like to be able to refer people to it. :)

Sounds good

Moved from Cosmopterix. Now that I've keyed it out using Koster (2010) and a really blurry lateral image, I do think it's pulchrimella, which is already better-represented in the guide.

Moved from Moths.

Moved from Cosmopterix.

Why the Move?
Take a look at example at BOLD here. There are examples of Cosmopterix spp. with similar antennae pattern.

Moved to moths just to make it more likely to be seen by someone who might be able to ID it to species.

Not Really
Experts will likely be looking at only the last few weeks in the Moths section so after a couple months your odds are better placing it to genus or family. Left in the Moths section, the best you can hope for is someone less expert moving it to genus or family where an expert might see it when they are cross referencing something or are spending time tidying up a section that they know well.

Leaving it in Moths just makes the task of sorting it out more difficult. There are a couple editors who have been trying to clear out the moths section and we can use all the help we can get.

Also, moths, especially micros, are often not IDable to species. Genus is the the best you can typically hope for. When ID'd to species, you can bet it's a guess not a fact. Dissection or DNA is the only way to confirm the ID and even then there are problems.

image placement
Sure, it makes sense not to leave images at high levels indefinitely. I didn't know how far back the experts looked.

Moved from ID Request.

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