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Moth unknown - Chionodes donatella

Moth unknown - Chionodes donatella
Everglades NP, Long Pine Key, Florida, USA
February 28, 2010

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Moth unknown - Chionodes donatella Moth unknown - Chionodes donatella

not sure
The BOLD image for C. donatella has much larger spots. In his description of C. phalacra, Walsingham (1911) mentions "Most nearly allied to donatella Wkr., but the pale spots are smaller and the terminal joint of the palpi is slightly longer and more shaded." BOLD shows only one image for C. donatella and the spots are noticeably larger and the palpi show no black in the tips.

C. phalacra and C. mariona are currently placed by BOLD in the same BIN URI BOLD:AAP6013. Your image looks more like some of those examples. There does not appear to be any other BIN for either species and the genetic variation within the BIN is very small. This implies that either one of the two is misidentified at BOLD or that C. mariona, being the more recently described species, may not be a valid.

C. phalacra/mariona as shown at BOLD has a fair amount of variation and perhaps C. donatella does as well. Since C. donatella appears to be known from FL and C. phalacra/mariona is not, I would assume for now that C. donatella is correct.

Moved from ID Request.

2072.1 - Chionodes donatella
(no rsvp, thanks)

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