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Small alpine moth - Greya variabilis

Small alpine moth - Greya variabilis
Sitka County, Alaska, USA
The gold looking parts are reflection from the flash. In the absence of flash, the darker parts appear more uniform. Squares 5mm. Collected in subalpine ericaceous meadow/tundra.

Moved
Moved from Incurvarioidea.

Greya?
Looks kind of like this one - Greya variabilis
http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=194.2

Consistent with expected range, as well.

 
Yup
Nailed it with that one - reading Powell/Opler they say it's the widest ranging Prodoxidae (yet described in 1992) - and makes its way north of the arctic circle.

Did you happen to collect it on a plant? Seems like the life history is unknown.

 
Thanks!
Thanks for the confirmation!

I know the plants that were around where I caught it - mostly ericaceous shrubs, with a few herbaceous plants. There were also small patches of Mountain Hemlock in the area (though we were more out in the open when we saw it/them). I'll have to try to look into it more closely if I notice one of these in the future.

Moved
Moved from Moths.

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