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Melonworm Moth
Diaphania hyalinata

Observation date: October 07, 2021
Submitted by: gftennies
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Found this beautiful creation, which I had never seen before on the siding of a front porch below a lit porch light. It's glittery gold fringes around the translucent wings (and tail) reminded me of a tiny angel. It stayed totally still the whole time that I was photographing it within a couple inches of its body, and it never flew away.
Status: Stray
Verified by: Ilona L.
Verified date: October 08, 2021
Coordinator notes: What a nice find! I hope that you will consider also posting a photo of this moth on Bugguide.net
Checklist region(s): Columbia County, Wisconsin, United States