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Moth - Diastema n-sp

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

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Moved from Diastema.

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).

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