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Photo#718580
Pimaphera - Pimaphera sparsaria

Pimaphera - Pimaphera sparsaria
Balcones Canyonlands NWR, Travis County, Texas, USA
May 26, 2010
Size: FW 10mm, span 21mm
I had originally labeled these P. percata (#6441) but I don't know why. From the measurements, can this critter be assigned to P. percata or P. sparsaria (#6442)? At porchlight at Refuge HQ.

Moved
Moved from Pimaphera percata. Chris Schmidt has kindly helped us clarify the Pimaphera situation for Texas records (and others to the north and east).

 
Male
It's a guy!
What is the "situation"?

 
Confusion in Texas Pimaphera
The Blanchards apparently identified some of their Texas specimens in the 1970s as P. percata (now known to be confined--so far--to Arizona). Knudson & Bordelon apparently followed their lead by adding percata to the Texas list. Ed Knudson had IDed the present moth as percata and that started a cascade of confusion over later Texas observations and images. Recent reviews of the literature and the opinion of Chris Schmidt (above) have now clarified that all Texas-Oklahoma Pimaphera records and those further east are all P. sparsaria.

Moved
Moved from Pimaphera. I'm grateful to Ed Knudson for confirming this determination.

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