Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1238854

Greater Black-letter Dart
Xestia dolosa

Observation date: September 20, 2019
Submitted by: Dave Webb
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Attracted to MV lamp / blacklight on rural residential property with a variety of cultivated trees (maple, oak, holly, pine), and surrounded by pasture and crop fields. Estimated wingspan of 45 mm based on measurements of forewing lengths (base to apex) and thorax width (L base to R base); second uploaded photo explains how these measurements were taken, superimposed over an actual measurement shot of the moth at rest (per Xestia dolosa Sighting 1231430). Apparent body length of 23 mm. [PS -- any thoughts on the appeal of Sighting 1236529, an individual even larger than Sighting 1231430? Thanks]
Status: Resident
Verified by: rogerdowner
Verified date: November 08, 2019
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, Maryland, Harford County