Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1169640

Observation date: July 11, 2018
Submitted by: 11854Monarch
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: This very small black moth was also observed in flight on the afternoon of July 10. I was fortunate that on July 11 it decided to stop at the catmint plant along with some bees. At its widest point it is about an inch across while resting. It has feathery black antennas, a cream colored dot on the back of its head, black wings with a few veins of white lines along the back of the wings. The wings also appear to be faintly outlined in white. The start of monsoon season with periods of overcast sky, rain and lightning also coincides with this moth’s appearance in the yard, although at the time of this sighting there was only the overcast sky. I will include a picture of the sky and show relatively the size of the catmint plant and how small the flowers are of it for comparison to this moth. The still pics of the moth are greatly magnified.
Status: Resident
Verified by: kellyrichers
Verified date: August 11, 2020
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, Arizona, Coconino County