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Feralia sp.? - Feralia februalis

Feralia sp.? - Feralia februalis
Eaton Canyon Natural Area, Los Angeles County, California, USA
March 20, 2007
Size: 16mm
Noctuid on west wall of Eaton Canyon Nature Center; rainy day here.
Thought to have seen something similar before, and think that it is close to Feralia. Note: length given is body length; head to wing tips is 20 mm.

What a truly stunning moth!

Looks like Feralia februalis.

Thanks, John,
for your input. I was wondering about februalis since it is one of the species listed for SoCal. However, I don't know moths, don't have a key to species, and haven't seen any images. I presume you have seen this species, or at least images of it. For my own benefit, what led you to februalis?

The shape of the discal spots are differently shaped than the other possible species. The color and pattern are also a little different. I've been looking for it in my area (southern Washington), but haven't found it yet. Here's a link to a photo.

Thank you,
for the web address, John. This is at first bewildering, but fascinating. I gather that the color within the shapes may vary - just found that I had a resource on the bookshelf: Insects of the Pacific Northwest (1), which includes a photo of F. februalis on p. 186. We certainly have the larval food here, oaks. Oaks at Eaton Canyon include Q. agrifolia, chrysolepis, berberidifolia, engelmannii (a couple or so), and durata var. gabrielensis. Gotta start looking where the larvae are.
Finally, I think you're correct - thanks for your help.

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