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Moth with yellow spots - Tetanolita floridana

Moth with yellow spots - Tetanolita floridana
Atco, Camden County, New Jersey, USA
September 14, 2011
Size: Wing span 15mm?
Not great image... it was dark outside and maybe color is little off...
Kinda looks like Renia? Not sure...

Moved
Moved from Litter Moths.

Tentative ID. See comments below.

Moved
Moved from Moths.

 
Thank You!
I really appreciate the help.

I created a No Taxon "Temporary page: Renia sobrialis or Tetanolita floridans" here for examples I think are more ambiguous.

In addition to your comment about the median band, Ken Childs mentions here that there is a dark patch at the FW apex of Tetanolita floridana, which this seems to have. I see examples of R. sobrialis with this darkish patch at BOLD but only when some other characteristics for T. floridans are absent. I guess I can add this to the list.

 
8368 – Tetanolita floridana?
Is this 8368 – Tetanolita floridana? I have a hard time eliminating Renia sobrialis.

 
Yes
That would be my call. It's tough though, because we used to be pretty reliant on the diffuse median band (coming from inner margin toward reniform spot) being quite irregular and sinuous (even denticulate) in floridana and more smooth and direct in sobrialis. However, it now seems that at least some sobrialis have the irregular/sinuous diffuse median band.

That said, this one does appear to be T. floridana based on the diffuse median band, the FW shape and the apparent continuation of the strongly contrasting dark ST area onto the HW - the sum of the characteristics lean me strongly toward floridana, even though taken singly, I might have an asterisk by it.

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