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Geometer(?) Moth sp  - Probole amicaria

Geometer(?) Moth sp - Probole amicaria
West Greenwich, Kent County, Rhode Island, USA
May 31, 2009
I can't find this one in Covell. Perhaps I am just not recognizing it.

Alien Probole
This individual is a perfect match for the specimen of Probole alienaria that is illustrated (page 237) in the new Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America (Beadle & Leckie); also several of the images on the Moth Photographers Group: ( Probole amicaria tends to have the outer portion of the wings (beyond postmedian line) darker than the inner portion. Yet some of the images posted to Bug Guide for either species seems to contradict what's in the guide! Do we have a moth expert who can re-examine all these images and confirm their identities?

Alien is no more
After revision and DNA work (among several other approaches) on the genus by Tim Tomon, it was determined that the genus is monotypic and there is only a single highly variable species in North America, and so they have been lumped under the senior name, amicaria. At this point, there is no longer any nepiasaria, alienaria or nyssaria.

I'm not sure if the full publication of his revision has been published yet, but I had some correspondence with him a few years ago and it wasn't officially published. There is this abstract of the research and forthcoming revision paper:

Hope that helps. So we can breathe a sigh of relief on trying to sort the Probole specimens. They're all simply amicaria now. :)

Moved from Alien Probole Moth.

Moved from ID Request.

Louis Handfield's book, Papil
Louis Handfield's book, Papillons du Quebec, calls this a "species complex" (more or less; my French is lousy) & has 12 pictures of color variations. It's extremely variable!

Papillons du Quebec
I'll have to check for that book in the university library. Sounds interesting.

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Probole alienaria

Thanks for your help. There isn't a photo for it in Covell although he mentions it in the text. Holland's book is not too helpful because his nomenclature is so out of date.

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