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Pale Metanema Moth - Metanema brunneilinearia - female

Pale Metanema Moth - Metanema brunneilinearia - Female
In Westwood by outdoor night light; elevation 5100ft, Lassen County, California, USA
July 29, 2004
Size: Forewing length 17mm
ID provided by BOLD Systems; DNA for this specimen is a 100% match with species Metanema inatomaria. (But see comments below)
See here for BOLD's Public Data Portal - BIN Page.
And here for this specimen's public Record Page at BOLD Systems.

This specimen is stored at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario.

See also these specimens, all from the same location:

Moved from Pale Metanema.

See my comments on the Info page.

... info page explains things well. I have added a taxonomy ID update note on this specimens record page at BOLD with a url link back to here. My photos here at BG may be used at MPG if needed.

I added them. Hope it's right. Thanks!

Metanema brunneilinearia?
There are three BINs for inatomaria at BOLD. This is in BOLD:ACF5556, a BIN group with mostly northwestern specimens. I'm thinking that this might actually be the BIN for brunneilinearia. DNA barcode separates this by over 1% from BOLD:AAA5686, a BIN with over 50 specimens from the northeast US and eastern Canada which I believe is the correct BIN for inatomaria. That's not enough to be very confident but enough to be questionable. The third BIN is BOLD:ACF5552 with just three specimens from Oklahoma to Ontario.

Hi Steve
I have linked 3 additional BugGuide specimens just above. I have always had my own suspicions on the correct ID for this moth. I am inclined now, rather confidently, to agree with your suspicion that this is Metanema brunneilinearia. There are no 'correctly' ID'd M. brunneilinearia barcoded specimens currently at BOLD to confirm this. The data points on the range map for M. brunneilinearia at MPG are all right where my specimens were found, and where I live. The one specimen shown at MPG is a clear match with my specimens. The assumption that there are only two Metanema species (see info page) to chose from, in our region, probably influences the misplacement of specimens similar to M. brunneilinearia. The option of a new species page here at BugGuide is yours if you so chose. Thank you for your keen observations!

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