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Arizona Moth - Cochisea rigidaria

Arizona Moth - Cochisea rigidaria
Oak Creek, Yavapai County, Arizona, USA
October 2, 2005
If I remember correctly, this was a good sized moth. I think he was probably 1.5 inches across from wing tip to tip. A very striking moth.
Thanks for any help in identifying him.

Images of this individual: tag all
Moth sp. - Cochisea rigidaria Arizona Moth - Cochisea rigidaria

Hi Ann
I am the manager of the University of Arizona digital Insect collection. Would you allow us to use your AZ photos? Full reference to your name, of course


I would be flattered, Margaret. Feel free to use them. I may have more if you would be interested. My email is

Will you be able to let me know if you do use this?


Best regards,

Thank you, Ann
I would be interested in more images. Your email didn't come through. I am including the ones we need from BG right now


my email

...I think. See Bruce Walsh's Arizona images of Cochisea rigidaria, taken from this page. No images of Cochisea in the Guide yet. Nice photo.

The markings seem right but t
The markings seem right but the color on this photo is true and seems much more silvery gray than the Cochisea photo. Can there be that much variation, do you know? Thanks for responding, Robin.

Museum specimens
can sometimes have really weird colours due to age, exposure to light, and exposure to chemicals.
I agree with Robin's ID. This is such a rare photo (for this species) that it deserves a Guide page even though we are perhaps only 99% certain of its ID. I'm certain that the genus is correct. Easily moved if specificic epithet incorrect.

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