Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1289615

Observation date: May 01, 2021
Submitted by: astridl
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: None.
Status: Resident
Verified by: jwileyrains
Verified date: May 02, 2021
Coordinator notes: Markings on thorax and abdomen (forewing markings to a rather lesser extent, however), and wing shape and borders are a good match with M. aemulataria as shown in MPG, particularly the photos by Bob Belmont - see http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=6326. Although this sp. is easy to confuse with M. promiscuata, I don't think that's what this is based on a number of field marks. This is very probably M. aemulataria as the submitter suggests; after a long walk through the angle moths I don't see another likely candidate. And this sp. is commonly found in Illinois. JRains
Checklist region(s): United States, Illinois, DuPage County