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Small Black Moth - Eudarcia

Small Black Moth - Eudarcia
Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue, Sarpy County, Nebraska, USA
June 7, 2014
Any help with ID appreciated.

Loren and Babs Padelford
Bellevue, NE

Accidental double comment

I'm fairly certain this is Eudarcia sp. (Meessiidae)

Moved from Fairy Moths.

Moved from Moths. Looks similar to this one: .

Not sure
Is this at full resolution? Any other shots?

The basal and medial bands in this one looks more chevron shaped compared to the straighter bands of E. simulatricella and although I see white in the fringe, it's not well defined. I don't think E. eunitariaeella can be elimiated.

Eudarcia sp.

We don't any other photos, as it flew off. We don't see a long fringe on the hindwing as E. eunitariaeella has.

Loren and Babs Padelford
Bellevue, NE

Hindwing fringe?
That feature is not mentioned in the description and I don't see the hindwing in your image. I did look at the BOLD images and the fringes of both wings looks pretty much the same for both species although the apical cilia of the forewings are white, and therefore harder to see, for simulatricella making the fringe look chopped off at the end. The descriptions do mention that both wings are narrower in eunitariaeella but a side view is needed.

Kyhl asked if I could take a look at this so I'm just giving an opinion based on my readings of the descriptions, which are cited on the Info pages, and the BOLD images which seem to agree nicely with those descriptions. Other than that, I have no experience with this genus. Hope we at least got that part right.

Eudarcia sp.

Better photos would have been helpful here for species identification. Unfortunately, we couldn't provide one. We appreciate your time and effort and your expert opinion.

Loren and Babs Padelford
Bellevue, NE

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