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Tarache Moth - Tarache abdominalis

Tarache Moth - Tarache abdominalis
Henderson, Rusk County, Texas, USA
October 8, 2011
At first I thought this was an Exposed Bird-dropping Moth, but the dark spot on the back of the head looks more like a Tarache sedata.

Moved from ID Request.

♂ Tarache abdominalis - Hodges #9138
Tarache abdominalis - Hodges #9138

this adds the species to the growing Bug Guide collection!
Do you have other photos of this moth?

This could be Ponometia phecolisca.

Ponometia phecolisca is smaller
Ponometia phecolisca is smaller with forewing length of 8-10 mm and does not have the oval basal patch.

I would be very interested to
I would be very interested to know which characteristics you focus on when making an ID so I can make better ID's in the future. I am just starting to learn moths.

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