November 12, 2021

Crocidosema sp.

@gcwarbler @ecarpe @jcochran706 @sawwhet @cmeckerman

Hey everyone,

I am tagging those of you who I know were pondering the identity of this Eucosmini sp (e.g., https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/96417088) which I think most of us started dumping into Pseudexentera. But, please feel free to pass on this info to others who might be interested. Anyway, I collected several of these Eucosmini, male and female, and sent them off to @mothvet for analysis. The verdict? They are a Crocidosema species, one that probably feeds on lantana, but appearance and female genitalia do not match C. lantana and he could find no other names out there that seem to match it. So, it seems that we are still left with a bit of a mystery moth.

Good mothing!

Rich

Posted on November 12, 2021 17:00 by rkostecke rkostecke | 13 comments | Leave a comment

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