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Photo#771846
Scopula? - Scopula compensata

Scopula? - Scopula compensata
Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida, USA
May 14, 2013
Size: 20-25mm wing span
At outdoor light. Wing shape led me away from Idaea to Scopula, but wing pattern is a problem for me.

Moved
Moved from Large Lace-border.

I moved the photo based on comments while hastily cleaning up some Geos. Shape of the PM line near the outer margin is a difference.
Thanks for the email!

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Moved from Moths.

 
My doubts.
I respect the judgment of three experts, but I am not convinced. As commented before, the extensive speckling bothers me – isn’t it like what one sees on Jeff Hollenbeck’s S. compensata on MPG? And then, I detect traces of smudge on my moth: actually, various amounts of black at the pm lines can be seen on images of both species. Finally, the size: I located on our wall the place where the moth had rested (really!) and, measuring distances between paint cracks in the moths background, I came up with 20+/-1 mm wing span (evidence can be provided). That’s quite different from the 25-30 mm wing span given on the S. limboundata guide page. In fact, whenever sizes are provided with posted images, they range from 20-25mm for compensata and 25-32 mm for limboundata.

Looks Like 7159 - Scopula limboundata
(no rsvp, thanks)

 
Or #7152?
How about #7152 Scopula compensata as another possibility? Images of S. limboundata suggest that its wings are far less speckled than those of my moth. Unfortunately, it is one of the rare cases when I did not record size.

 
Second Opinion...
I'd have to go with BP on this one. As fresh and well-marked as this specimen, were it Scopula compensata, it would have the tell-tale sub-terminal smudges.

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