Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes


Moth, fly, or neither - I'm stumped - Caloptilia

Moth, fly, or neither - I'm stumped - Caloptilia
Ottawa County, Michigan, USA
July 11, 2013
Size: estimate 10-15mm
This was caught in/on a moth light trap. I originally thought it must be a moth because of the front legs and it was nocturnal but now I'm not sure what it is. Hope someone can help.

Moved from Moths.

Moved from ID Request.

Caloptilia sp., a micromoth
(no rsvp, thanks)

Caloptilia sp., a micromoth
I found an good match here at BugGuide, Caloptilia stigmatella; thanks Bob.

Caloptilia stigmatella VERY doubtful
The closest example at MPG is 0620 - Caloptilia packardella where the triangular white patch extends fully across tyhe wing and without brown speckling within the patch or along the costal edge of the patch (as seen in C. stigmatella). Persdonally, I would not be comfortable in calling the moth C. packardella. There are many other species of Caloptilia for which we do not have photographs, and many more species of them yet to be described. Unless a living moth photo can be well matched with a good reference specimen photo, we ought to resist putting a specific name on it.

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.