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Big Pterophorid - Hellinsia balanotes

Big Pterophorid - Hellinsia balanotes
Vero Beach, Indian River County, Florida, USA
February 2, 2006
Size: 3cm wingspan
Very large!

Big Pterophorid
You are not alone Sean. I live in coastal Alabama, and have photographed these plume moths that have a wing span of nearly 6 cm. I was severely chastised for over-statement. You have restored my faith (smiles). It was eventually determined to be Groundsel Plume Moth, Hellinsia balanotes. These are recorded to have a wing span of more than 4 cm. Darryl

Your's was not overstatement. I was in total disbelief first time I saw one. It measured 42.6 mm across the dihedral, which would make the actual wing length close to 5 cm.

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