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Pimaphera sparsaria

Pimaphera sparsaria
Brazos Bend St. Park, Fort Bend County, Texas, USA
May 20, 2014
In addition to the two spots on the notum as mentioned here, P. sparsaria seems to have the terminal line in both HW and FW composed of alternating dots and dashes. In P. percata the terminal line is a series of dots only, at least in the photos at MPG. However I may be all wrong here. Appreciate your coments. Found at light.

Moved from Pimaphera.

Terminal dots apparently no help.
The nature of the terminal line of dots and dashes is apparently varied enough in P. percata and P. sparsaria that it is of no use in discriminating the two. However, we are now learning from Chris Schmidt and others that apparently all Texas material thus far can be refered to P. sparsaria, with P. percata presently known only from Arizona. There may be some other subtle ways to distinguish the two by pattern but we have very few images (one?) of true Arizona P. percata to work so any statements would be very tentative at this point.


Recently was taught how to "really" get information on my BOLD submissions. I have now had two specimens tested, one from Campwood and one from Schulenburg and both tested as P. sparsaria to my surprise!

I have not been able to visually differentiate these and am very happy to have your observations to use in the future.

Moved from Geometrid Moths.

I thought I was confident of P. percata, but now I realize the Texas species could be either. I have sent 2 specimens to Bold and posted my freshest specimen to BG as P. percata.

Will revisit these when I get my results and then study some more. They are so similar I suspicion that dissection is needed.

I am not an expert. I applau
I am not an expert. I applaud your effort at trying to get a resolution on your id. At least yours got to the point of being a Geometrid moth. My inquiry #892685 of February 12, 2014 was left under Moths. You may be having to overcome the documented sighting time in Texas of P. sparsaria which is in February. Also someone may be doing study on this group. I have different images of what appear to be two different species, both species (if they are different) photographed in both February and May and even a couple in March. But of course that could just be my inaccurate Ids. Good luck on getting an answer on an Id.

Moved from Moths.

Moved from ID Request.

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