Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

BugGuide is a National Moth Week Partner. How to add your National Moth Week 2021 photos. July 17-25.

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

National Moth Week 2020 photos of insects and people.

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Previous events


TaxonomyBrowseInfoImagesLinksBooksData
Photo#487509
Moth - Diastema n-sp

Moth - Diastema n-sp
Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA
August 21, 2010
Size: About 22mm

Images of this individual: tag all
Moth - Diastema n-sp Moth - Diastema n-sp

Moved
Moved from Diastema.

Moved
Moved from Moths.

9068.97 - Diastema sp.
I sent the photographs to Don Lafontaine at the Canadian National Collection. His response:

"The habitus reminds me of either a Condicine or a Eustrotiine and of the two choices, my guess would be an unknown Diastema in the Condicinae."

If you look at the MPG spread specimen of 9068 - Diastema cnossia, you will see considerable resemblance to your moth, but your moth is something else, undescribed. By the way, Arlene Ripley has a Eustrotiine from Cochise County that is both a new genus and species. There is a LOT of this down your way. Specimens of this moth should be retained and sent to Dr. Lafontaine for close study.

 
Wish I had this moth, and THANKS
I'd only begun mothing the month prior to shooting this one - they were ALL odd to me. I'll be sure to keep unknown-to-me-moths, at least overnight, until I get some idea of what I shot the night before (and any more of these).

I can see the similarity to 9068 - Diastema cnossia as well as subfamily Eustotiine - Thanks Dr. Lafontaine. In case you didn't see my comment on the other photo, but Bruce Walsh said he'd never seen this moth either. I'll move this one to the genus Diastema for now.

For comparison
Diastema cnossia


I checked out Arlene's new moth too. Very interesting. And now I know what "habitus" means! You guys are The Moth's Balls! (The Bee's Knees doesn't seam to fit).

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.