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Cerastis gloriosa? - Cerastis enigmatica

Cerastis gloriosa? - Cerastis enigmatica
Soquel, Santa Cruz County, California, USA
March 16, 2012

Moved from Cerastis.

I've looked over many DNA matched specimen such as which is Dick Wilson's C.enigmatica. I also looked at all DNA supported two specimen of C. gloriosa uploaded by Gary McDonald.

To me, the difficulty lies in way the definition is worded. The actual images themselves would (mostly) be divided into the right species when using the images themselves as the description. And it is, I suppose, a good thing we have the DNA verified individuals.

I did take a look at four C.cornuta local DNA supported samples, while they were not called into question I did want to see how consistent the were. They are consistently dark, spots, and overall.

So...I am left with C. enigmata! Let me know if you disagree! I'm pretty sure you did not have the benefit of many DNA supported individuals, so I am hoping you would agree with my conclusion!

Moved from Moths.

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Cerastis sp.
My first inclination was to go toward Cerastis enigmatica. However, based on the description and figures by Crabo and Lafontaine (Crabo & Lafontaine, 1997, n. sp.: Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society, 51: 237–248), it would appear that only gloriosa has whitish or yellowish filled orbicular spots (as your specimen does), with the other species having grayish-brownish orbicular spots outlined in white or yellow.

That said I believe yours is possibly gloriosa and I have suspicions that some of our enigmatica images might be misidentified.

Thanks for the information!
Jason, I thought it looked different from the Cerastis enigmatica that I have seen. I will give people a chance to weigh in on this one is c. gloriosa. Since I have seen enigmatica in the same location it is obviously a possibility. But this one does seem different!

This is one that I photographed and it seems to conform with the description that you quoted!

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