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

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

Moved from Moths.

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