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Noctuidae: Sympistis chionanthi? - Sympistis

Noctuidae: Sympistis chionanthi? - Sympistis
Fisher, Polk County, Minnesota, USA
August 16, 2010
Size: Length ~ 2 cm
Update (21 August 2015): This specimen may be an example of either the S. chionanthi (10067) or S. forbesi (10067.1).

I found a second specimen of a lovely gray and black noctuid moth that I thought might be an example of Brachlomia discinigra (?). The first specimen, which I posted on this form a couple of weeks ago, showed the dorsal view. This image (shown above) is a left lateral close-up of a second, different specimen. I've examined the plethora of BG images for a definitive visual match (within the Noctuidae), but have come away again and again unsuccessful. I'm posting this photo with the hope that someone might recognize this striking but evidently seldom-seen moth. Thank you for any and all help! ;-)

Moved from Sympistis.

Moved from Fringe-Tree Sallow.

Moved from Moths.

Moved from ID Request.

Second Thoughts...
After doing more internet research, I'm inclined to think that Bob Patterson's ID call on my other specimen (see Photo #442217) was a very good one. This specimen, as well as the other, really do resemble the Fringe-tree Sallow (Sympistis chionanthi) shown in Photo #21236. I'm a novice at this, but I think that was a nice call, Bob! Thanks! ;-)

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