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moth - Glyphidocera

moth - Glyphidocera
Cross Plains, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
August 12, 2012

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moth - Glyphidocera moth - Glyphidocera

Moved from Glyphidoceridae.

Taxon change, the family was eliminated.

Moved from Gelechioidea.

Ilona, I agree with you.

Moved from Moths.

Looks like Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Brown House Moth 1064. See what you think. I have a couple posted on BugGuide with DNA test.

The spots do seem to match up except that all the moths pictured were photographed on the West Coast.

Hofmannophila pseudospretella
.. is common in Europe and it would not be unusual for it to be transported or present in eastern US. There is even a record in Chile. It (larvae of course) is a pest and has been associated with human activity. Basically is considered world wide by those at BOLD. Perhaps someone else could comment but it is rather distinctive. Good Luck and thanks for the well done images of bugs.

Hofmannophila pseudospretella
The background you provided seem to make it likely that your ID was correct. The moth was attracted to lights at night and was found outdoors.

My ID was a suggestion but
I did note the Glyphidocera seem to have longer thickened antennae and usually lighter colored. However, color has to be carefully considered in a taxonomic determination. Mark Drelling has DNA sequence on his specimen here in BG and I have several Hofmannophila pseudospretella with DNA data. There are very few images of Glyphidocera specimens (e.g. at MPG). I have the feeling these two moth genera are closely related ... the general morphology is similar at least. One likes the southern clime ... the other more temperate perhaps (unsupported comment of course). Good Luck and perhaps an expert might comment.

Outdoors would seem ok
I probably have seen several dozen individuals which were trapped or attracted to light areas outside and I have never seen one inside any of the buildings. Then again, maybe the larvae are eating some detritus or old food remains behind a baseboard and are not noticed.

My moth also seems to compare
My moth also seems to compare well with which was the reason I first suggested Glyphidocera.

bird seed?
I think old bird seed might be a possible explanation for the appearance of these moths. Both I and our neighbor put out various seeds for birds throughout the year.

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