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035 - Cyclophora dataria - female

035 - Cyclophora dataria - Female
Soquel, Santa Cruz County, California, USA
July 1, 2012
Size: ws 24mm

Moved from Drepanulatrix.

Moved from Moths.

Maybe a Drepanulatrix
but not sure which.

it does look like one except...
...the trail of gunpowder is new to me, but I will take a look there, thanks!

I would probably guess Drepanulatrix carnearia - Hodges#6688
I would probably guess Drepanulatrix carnearia - Hodges#6688, but i will move it only to genus unless somebody can say with more certainty. Thanks, again!


I wondered about that one too,
but the Drepanulatrix seem to be pretty variable in markings. Maybe wait for someone else, like Maury, for an opinion!


...a lot of the time i hesitate to post this type of moth...
...because i am afraid they will turn out to be one variation of the same species after another. me they look like they are different. you will see what i mean when i post a few of the 'different' ones.

Oh, I don't think you should hesitate post variations. If there's a range of markings, I find it really helpful when I'm trying to identify something.

I just noticed something...Each forewing has a white spot.
A small white spot inside of a small black circle. i have not seen anything similar in my other photos of Drepanulatrix moths yet. They have solid black spots only. i am not sure of what to make of that yet. i am going to add a closeup of the spot.

You're right about the white circle.
Don't think it's a Drepanulatrix after all. Looks like this photo of Cyclophora dataria:

This looks like a match!
Thanks! I don't know how you found it, but this looks like the same species!

Those round hollow spots
are typical of Cyclophora, so I started with that. I hadn't seen that particular species before, but it looks like a fit!

Thanks again!
This has added a new diagnostic feature that i can look for, and as a bonus, i can now spell Drepanulatrix with out looking it up!

That's how i feel too...
But still I am glad to hear someone else say it!

in most cases i find it hard to sex moths. This one i think is female because how smooth the antennae are. it may be a coincidence but i've noticed in some species of moths the stripes are more prominent on females.

Anyways, i am adding a close up of the antennae. if female i may try to set her up with 044 which i believe may be a single male!

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