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Orange headed micromoth - Doleromorpha

Orange headed micromoth - Doleromorpha
New Jersey, USA
July 18, 2010
This was taken at a the Ridgewalkers sleepaway camp (Run By NJ Audubon Society) I was at over the summer. It was on one of the cabin windows. I dont know where it was, but it was near the border of PA, and we had to take "Old Mine Road" to get anywhere. Sorry for the lack of info.

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Any other shots?
Do you have any other shots and can you lighten this image up a bit?

I think this is 0276 – Doleromorpha porphyria. The wings do appear tent like and not pointed but the angle and poor lightening may be making it seem otherwise.

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A quick internet search brings up a few possibilities
The possibilities that I found include Tineids in the genera Doleromorpha &
Monopis and the Micropterigid Epimartyria auricrinella--though I couldn't find whether the latter one occurs in NJ/PA.

Incidentally, if you found it in the Southeast then I would have also proposed Ceratophaga vicinella, the Gopher Tortoise Moth. This moth has a very peculiar larval diet: the shells of dead gopher tortoises. See here for more information

 
Wing Shape
The pointed wings and the way this moth holds its wings flat rather than angled like a "tent" over the body make it unlikely that this is a Tineid. Epimartyria auricrinella is found in the northeast, but it has a very different shape than this. Something in Cosmopterigidae seems possible, although I don't know of any with this pattern...

 
Thanks
They seem a little to pale to be this one but that might just be my picture. I am just wondering, how come so many micromoths have a orange head and (mostly) dark brown/ black body???

 
I honestly don't know
Maybe one of the Lepidoptera experts could explain. The Remarks under the description of the Golden-Backed Snipe Fly (which is similarly-colored except for having a gold patch instead of an orange one) mention that it might be a form of wasp mimicry.

The black-body-plus-red/orange/gold-behind-head pattern isn't limited to moths & flies. Check out these beetles--all of which are unrelated, insofar as being in different superfamilies:



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