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Photo#750328
Ellabella editha - Hodges#2348 ? - Ellabella

Ellabella editha - Hodges#2348 ? - Ellabella
Camp Wood, Edwards County, Texas, USA
March 9, 2013
Size: apx. 13 mm
Is this ID correct?

Photos replaced per comments from Robert Zimlich in an attempt to get true color.

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Moved
Moved from Ellabella editha.

Range for E. editha is good but not the season. References here. Reading that reference leads me to believe that for that species, season does matter.

I'm guessing this is melanoclista.

Moved
Moved from Ellabella.

 
Range
Do you have new information indicating that this species does in fact occur outside the Pacific Northwest?

 
Opps
Will move it back if you think that is better.

I was moving moths and came across which had been ID'd by Ed Knudson. Terry photographs about a mile from me, so I thought I could move mine. From the former comments on my moth as far as I could tell the only questions about my ID WAS the range.

 
Probably fine to leave it here, then
I know nothing about this species; I was just curious what had changed.

 
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I'm glad to know you are watching me. It gives me comfort.

Moved
Moved from Moths.

Moved for Second Opinion
Moved from ID Request.

Hmmm ...
Ann,
Your specimen certainly looks right, but E. melanoclista (2349) seems more likely, considering distribution of E. editha (2348) is supposedly limited to the Pacific northwest.
Robert

 
Studying
Robert,

I have looked at both E. melanoclista and E. editha again. I was surprised to find that E. melanoclista had only been recorded in Texas on BG THIS January and February.

I AM SURE YOU ARE RIGHT - I did not know that E. editha could not be in Texas, and had not considered E. melanoclista.

However, my moth is SO much darker than the E. melanoclista photos. I am going to "repost" my pictures from my "copied" files with NO enhancements other than cropping and rotating. I have used "auto Exposure fix" on all of my photos and that only makes mine DARKER, so I don't think the color of my photos is an aberation.

 
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I thought this was a slam dunk. Will post more pictures. I'm not sure I considered the E. melanoclista because I don't think it resembles my moth very closely in coloration and maybe not in posture. It does have the nose and "hat" though. Those are really distinctive moths!!

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