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Moth found on dandelion flower.  Schinia mitis (Grote, 1873) - Schinia mitis

Moth found on dandelion flower. Schinia mitis (Grote, 1873) - Schinia mitis
Seven Springs, Wayne County, North Carolina, USA
May 23, 2013
Determined by BAMONA

Schinia mitis - Hodges #11169
Moved from Moths.

Congratulations, Mike! You've not only added a new species to BugGuide, but you know the flower. A shout-out is in order to my friend and mystery moth partner, Edna.

BAMONA has said
that this is Schinia mitis. I submitted it there and had a reply suggesting that ID this morning.

Mike, don't keep changing the taxon in your title every time you think you have an ID. It will be added automatically when placed. Also, by leaving your original assessment in your comments, it helps others locate their moths. For example, you originally thought it a tussock. Someone else might think the same thing and, searching tussock, find yours.

Moved for Further Investigation
Moved from ID Request.

Maybe get more exposure, here :)

looks like it ought to be in
Heliothinae someplace
however I seem to recall that there are similar moths someplace else..none in tussocks however def not a tussock. did u happen to see the moth fly? it should have had dark underwings, perhaps with some sort of marking on them
its a nice moth!

I have had some time to go po
I have had some time to go poking about a bit further.
Heliolonche carolus perhaps looks fairly close?

This shot is cropped out of a
This shot is cropped out of a larger photo but I did see it fly as I tried to get a closer shot using macro. However, it took off and vanished, I didn't see where it went, nor any other detail since I was using the screen on my camera to try and keep it in the frame, sorry.

when you are out like that keep a container in you pocket
then you can grab it and get an idea of what the underwing looks like at least. its how I travel container
I have really enjoyed this mystery.
if you could find another could also be sent for dna testing.

DNA testing sounds a bit dras
DNA testing sounds a bit drastic! I had a container in my pocket but I never thought to use it. lol

Know whatcha mean ..
I was thinking flower moth (Schinia) but am coming up with zilch. It's so distinctive, we gotta be looking in the wrong places


I think I have trawled throug
I think I have trawled through 1000+ photos both here and Google images without success yet. :(

try here
keep an open mind too as some moths are stronger or weaker marked..and the color may vary. this is another really good moth site

Just went thru all the Noctuidae
I have thumbs of all the images on MPG. I just went thru 7,000 images of Noctuidae and noticed nothing close. This might be a case for "selective procrastination" ... someone will likely happen along and immediately know what it is :)

if we remember
a lot of these moths will also be pink..Species Heliolonche pictipennis - Hodges#11210is close if you really stretch it..what you think bob?

Closest ...
I've seen yet, though a west coast moth. I think we're closing in on it :)

i love these mysterys
like the Alaska moth..that was a funhunt. i am surprised maury hasn't weighed in. i will send it to Dwayne in fb.

That was a fun one ...
Lars settled that one, if I remember. I posted on Mothing and Moth-watching FB Group :)

i wonder what he would think even tho it is not a west coast

I've just dispatched ...
such a request and copied you. BTW you mentioned FB ... are you on FB?

yes i am!
ill find you in the group and friend you.

I got chastised by the fb mot
I got chastised by the fb moth group for posting this in there. Had to delete my post.

which group? the one on the side of the bugguide page under news

I'm the one who posted it. Who said something and what was the reason you had to remove? Personally, I'm not overly impressed with it. A lot of non-BG people.

I didn't see your post until
I didn't see your post until later, after I had asked if I could post it, heck, I didn't even join the group until after you had posted it there as a mystery moth.

Amazing shot!
Good thing Monsanto's dandelion killing brigade did not get there before you did.

Thanks, I have a large field
Thanks, I have a large field and mowing it gets tedious, so I leave 4 large areas to fend for itself, mowing it in late October only. That's where I found the moth yesterday.

Peter, funny you should mention Monsanto ... a fellow photographer & I will be shooting a big GMO Rally in Mobile, this Saturday. Should be interesting ...

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