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Photo#53827
Moth Found on Lettuce - Apantesis proxima - female

Moth Found on Lettuce - Apantesis proxima - Female
May 25, 2006
Size: 30mm
Got a call from the store - there was a moth inside a shrink wrap pkg of Green Leaf Lettuce
(Tanimura & Antle - Salinas, California) It is beautiful, what kind is it?

Location: Creighton(City), Northern(County/Parish/District/Region), Saskatchewan, Canada

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Moth Found on Lettuce - Apantesis proxima - female Moth Found on Lettuce - Apantesis proxima - female Moth Found on Lettuce - Apantesis proxima - female Moth Found on Lettuce - Apantesis proxima - female

Edit
I removed the location information from the regular fields and placed in the remarks. That was so the mapping software and advanced search won't see it as a moth "in the wild" in Saskatchewan.

A case could be made for putting California as the location, but I don't know if we can be sure exactly where it came from.

Looks Like 8181 - Grammia proxima
.... a range map for North America north of Mexico is presented here by USGS. Many western Arctiid Moths are shown on this plate at MPG. You will notice a couple of similar species and, often in this family, one must see the hindwings to be fairly certain of identification. In this case it seems to me that the forewing pattern is sufficient to identify the moth. You will probably also notice that on the USGS site the genus name is given as Notarctia. I am uncertain as to which name is currently to be preferred. Unfortunately for me the only greengrocer I know who would phone me when an interesting species turns up in produce lives in Florida while I live in Maryland!

 
image moved
from ID Request to new species page which notes synonyms and the uncertainty in distribution between proxima and arizoniensis.
Seeing as this one came from California, and seeing as there's several web images of proxima but none of arizoniensis, I think it's safe to call this one proxima.

Duplicate Posting
...blanked out?

tiger moth
maybe Grammia proxima; see MPG page

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