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Zale, perhaps obliqua - Zale

Zale, perhaps obliqua - Zale
Oak Ridge, Guilford County, North Carolina, USA
March 14, 2012
Seems smaller than some Zales.
Found close match on BG with obliqua.
Porch light visitor.

Moved from ID Request.

Zale metatoides - Washed-out Zale
Also look at Zale metatoides - Washed-out Zale

Nancy (not an expert)

Thanks for your comment, Nancy.
Two reasons:

I still think it's more like Z. obliqua than Z. metatoides for two reasons:

1. On the "washed out" Zale, it seems that the clear black or dark brown lines are exactly what is washed out.

2. On the image you posted above, the dark shapes closest to the head have lower edges composed of simple arcs, not the jagged lines as on my example and many of the obliqua images.

I'm no expert either, but my limited experience with moths tells me that its the lines or shapes that distinguish the species, not the colors and shades. Maybe we'll get lucky and have an expert weigh in.

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