Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

BugGuide is a National Moth Week Partner. How to add your National Moth Week 2021 photos. July 17-25.

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

National Moth Week 2020 photos of insects and people.

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Previous events

Neoalbertia constans, male dorsal - Neoalbertia constans - male

Neoalbertia constans, male dorsal - Neoalbertia constans - Male
Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA
July 31, 2010
Size: 27.8 mm wingspan
Download high resolution image here.

I often find this species in my backyard in the summer (Albuquerque, NE, Alameda 7.5 minute quadrangle). I grow grapes there, but I usually find it on the grass or English Ivy. I've posted images of a spread female, and a live female here:

I distinguish this moth from its sympatric Neofelderia rata based on its greater wingspan, more rounded boundary between orange and black regions of its forewing, and narrow band of orange of uniform width on the leading edge of its hindwing. Such distinguishing features and images are discussed and linked, respectively, at Moths of Southeastern Arizona. Wingspans of the images linked to there are 28 mm and 21 mm for N. constans and N. rata, respectively. These dimensions and criteria are consistent with those of Powell and Opler(1), which specifies forewing lengths of 12-15 mm for constans and 10 mm for rata. The subject male's forewing is 13.1 mm.

This image is derived from a stack of 59 images with a 170 µm step taken with a Nikon 200mm F4 ED IF macro lens set to F5.6 + Nikon D300 camera, and processed with CombineZP software.