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Pandora Pine Moth - Coloradia pandora - female

Pandora Pine Moth - Coloradia pandora - Female
Grand Canyon, Coconino County, Arizona, USA
September 4, 2011
I believe that this is Pandora Pine Moth. MPG 7724 Coloradia pandora

A friend sent this to me. Please let me know if my ID is correct.

Moved
Moved from Pandora Moth.

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Moved from ID Request.

Coloradia
This is one of the three species of Coloradia found in AZ. C. doris seems more likely than C. luski based on location, although the September sighting of this moth does not match C. doris, and is closer to C. luski's flight time. However, the closest match based on flight time is in fact C. pandora, BUT any C. pandora found in AZ would be the subspecies C. pandora davisi.

I am not an expert with this genus and I have a hard time telling them apart visually. But my best guess would be that this is C. p. davisi based on location and late flight.

Perhaps someone here has a better understanding of this genus. If this is in fact davisi it would be a new subspecies for the guide. You may want to forward this image to Bill Oehlke (just google him for an email) to see what he thinks, he may also be interested in this image.

 
Thank you. This is clearly b
Thank you. This is clearly beyond my scope of understanding! I will try to send to Bill Oehlke.

 
By the way, the photographer
By the way, the photographer who took this shot is Suzy Szumowski.

 
Bill Oehlke says it is Colora
Bill Oehlke says it is Coloradia pandora davisi.

 
Cool
This is the first photo of a live individual of this subspecies that I've seen, and certainly a new one for the guide.

 
Yes, it is C. pandora davisi.
Yes, it is C. pandora davisi. They can be tough to ID without having a really good look at the hindwings and a good idea of the scale. But C. pandora davisi flies usually from the end of August to the second week in September in Arizona every other year (in odd numbered years).

C. doris flies from late May to mid June. C. luski flies from late June into July, sometimes early August. I don't think that location really matters. Most of the Ponderosa pine forests in the state have a population of all 3 Coloradias.

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