Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1315211

Observation date: July 03, 2020
Submitted by: DougSelzer
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: In a wet sedge prairie.
Status: Resident
Verified by: jmgesell
Verified date: June 25, 2022
Coordinator notes: I actually took quite a while analyzing this ID, and feel pretty confident it is E. conspicua (Black Dash). A Long Dash, as suggested, would be flying the same time and can be found in the same habitat, and are both residents of your area. However, the ventral HW markings in a Long Dash are usually an arc consisting of more defined lighter spots with distinct borders, unlike this individual with more of a "blurred" appearance. The large projection of this band in the middle is also classically seen in a Black Dash. The HW markings in a Black Dash can be more distinct, but are often more obscure and "blurred." -jmgesell
Checklist region(s): United States, Indiana