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Classy orange-and-black moth - Cisthene tenuifascia

Classy orange-and-black moth - Cisthene tenuifascia
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
November 6, 2009
Size: 10-11 mm long
Cisthene barnesii (Hodges 8074)?

Moved from Cisthene.

Prob. C. tenuifascia
After rereading original descriptions and keys, I find that earlier authors all point out that C. barnesii typically has a gray face and vertex (top of the head) whereas the vertex (at least) is orange in typical tenuifascia. See my new review in these iNaturalist journal articles.

Since this photo is also on MPG, I've sent that site an email notifying them that the ID is in question.

Moved from Cisthene barnesii.

Cisthene tenuifascia?
It is my understanding that C. barnesii is a moth expected only in the Texas Hill Country and westward across the Southwest. The Houston area would be ecologically and geographically out of range for that species, whereas the rather variable tenuifascia would be expected there. Except by range, a lack of an anal lobe on the HWs of males, and genitalic characters, I wouldn't know how to identify an out-of-range barnesii.

Moved from Moths. Thanks, Bob!

Looks Like It - 8074
(no rsvp, thanks)

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