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Hodges#10480 - Orthosia praeses

Hodges#10480 - Orthosia praeses
Soquel, Santa Cruz County, California, USA
January 29, 2012
If you check out the second frame you can see how large the eyes are in diameter! I'm not sure if they are uncommonly large, or if it just seems so because of the angle of view.

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Hodges#10480 - Orthosia praeses Hodges#10480 - Orthosia praeses

Moved from ID Request.

I'm thinking...
maybe Galgula partita "The Wedgeling". If so, maybe also a female, which is darker and redder than the males. The flash and the lighting may be accenting the "furriness", so it's harder to see the features.

Orthosia species
There are a lot of different ones in California...

...I saw one very similar to this right next to an Othosia mys. I wondered if there might be a dramatic sexual dimorphism?

It's definitely an Orthosia sp.
And my guess would probably be Orthosia hibisci - Speckled Green Fruitworm Moth - Hodges#10495 ...though my experience is eastern, so it's possible there's variation in other western Orthosias that could look similar.

Orthosia hibisci
I'm in the same boat. If I saw this here in Pennsylvania, I'd call it O. hibisci, but there are so many western species I'm not familiar with that it's tough to be certain.

I guess I will have to settle for Orthosia, then.
Which is considerably more than I knew before.