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moth - Xestia oblata

moth - Xestia oblata
UC Sagehen Creek Field Station, Nevada County, California, USA
July 27, 2006
Size: 18mm
Came to UV light.

Moved from Xestia.

Unsure of Xestia species, but close to, if not...
10947 - Xestia oblata and 10946 - Xestia conchis. Uncertain of distribution ranges.

thanks again Bob
After investigating a bit, I moved this to Xestia oblata because 1) the moths of California database doesn't list X. conchis as occurring in CA, 2) it does list X. oblata as occurring in the county where I photographed this specimen, and 3) it looks like a good match for X. oblata; other Xextias for which I could find photos don't seem to match -- except X. conchis. Like you, I couldn't find what the distribution is of X. conchis. I see the Essig museum has some X. conchis specimens; I'll try to remember to check their county data next time I'm there.

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