Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1314916

Observation date: October 18, 2021
Submitted by: Jcremere
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: I have had 2 large vases of wild Oregon mint (cut from the backyard of my rental home) sitting on my kitchen table the past several weeks. I've been growing roots on the cuttings in those vases of water, so I can plant them in pots outside on my patio before we get our hard frosts. Hopefully the rooted cuttings will overwinter in the pots, and spring back in those containers when the weather warms up again. In the meantime, I noticed two unusual moths on my kitchen ceiling. The first one appeared a week ago, on Oct. 11th (2021). I caught it in a jar and took some photos. Then, a week later (today, Oct. 18th) I noticed a 2nd tiny moth on the ceiling again. I caught that one in a jar and took more photos. Each of these moths was barely 1 centimeter across. I noticed each of them in the evening - not during the daytime (and I work from home, so I am in my house during the day). I have no idea how long each of them may have been present in my kitchen before I noticed them. The vases of cut mint had been sitting there for several weeks, essentially dying back, except for the proliferation of roots and stagnant water. The 1st photo I submitted is of the second moth I found tonight (Oct 18). The 2nd photo is of the first moth I discovered a week ago (on Oct 11th).
Status: Resident
Verified by: J_Martineau
Verified date: October 19, 2021
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, Oregon, Marion County