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Big Sur Moth - Arachnis picta

Big Sur Moth - Arachnis picta
Big Sur, Monterey County, California, USA
September 17, 2012
Size: approximately 1-1/2"??
Found on the backside of an "open/closed" sign, below porch light, around 8am.

Moved to Arachnis picta
Moved from ID Request.

Arachnis Picta location
So does anyone know if it's unusual to find one on the Central Coast of California? What I read of it describes it's location as 'southwestern U.S.". ??

Range Change!
I just posted a few pictures of this moth too, and I'm in Oakland. There's been quite a few sightings in the Central/Northern California Coast, although every place I looked said the range was in Southern California. The information on this beautiful moth should possibly be changed.

never mind....i see some loca
never mind....i see some located as close as Santa Cruz County...

Looks like Arachnis picta
Images here.

Well done! Thank you! I wonder why it's not in Audubon's Guide?

Holy Cow!
That's a beautiful moth!

I know!
She/He sure is dashing, huh? Wish I'd been able to see the wings open. Sigh.

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