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Sympistis - male

Sympistis - Male
Off Angeles Crest Highway, elev. 1921 m, San Gabriel Mountains, Los Angeles County, California, USA
October 9, 2013

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You might be interested in my comment here.

Yes, that's useful information -
Thanks, Steve!

For what it's worth
I don't think this is S. regina because of the dark smudges at the base of the hind wings. The dark smudges might also eliminate S. hayesi. My guess would be S. sandaraca unless the species in this group get lumped, in which case it would be S. hayesi since it was described first.

From Troubridge (2008):
"Sympistis hayesi and S. sandaraca are very similar and may be difficult to separate. The holotype of Oncocnemis hayesi, alleged to be in the Natural History Museum, London (Poole, 1989) is apparently lost. In order to fix the name and resolve confusion between S. sandaraca and S. hayesi, I designate a male specimen (Colorado, La Platte Co., Co. Rd. 213, 2 mi S. Durango, 1 ix 1991, Paul Opler, in the CNC) (Fig. C-25) as NEOTYPE. The DNA of this specimen was analyzed and the 658 COI base pairs compared with those of specimens of S. sandaraca from California and the Pacific Northwest. The results showed a 3.14% difference between S. hayesi and S. sandaraca."

OK but...
Please read the comments from the linked page from my initial comment above. What Troubridge said in 2008 does not reflect what is shown currently at BOLD. I am not suggesting that what he said was in error. Something is not right here. The difference is about 2.5% and the gap between these two species is filled with specimens identified as pudorata, melantho and anubis about half way between the two. Most of the samples are listed as being in Troubridge's collection. At 2.5% they should still be two separate species but when there are samples in between it gets difficult to be sure. It could be a complex which may not have distinct species boundaries, I guess. But I'm not sure any of this matters since hayesi looks out of range and I doubt there will be any lumping in the near future.

Moved from ID Request.

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