Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1332181

Variable Zanclognatha Moth
Zanclognatha laevigata

Observation date: July 10, 2022
Submitted by: robpendergast
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Fairly certain, although some of the taxonomy of Zanclognatha is kind of confusing. Record 1331658 is Catocala briseis per Kyle Johnson on the Wisconsin Butterfly and Moth Enthusiast FB group, he mentioned it being the less common form that has brownish patches. Was much slower here this morning than I expected, although I suspect the wind may be the main factor. E. bassettella was a neat one! I always like moths that have vibrant orange coloring.
Status: Resident
Verified by: Ilona L.
Verified date: July 11, 2022
Coordinator notes: Correction made to 1331658. Reading enough about the IDs of Zanclognatha sp. will make your head spin. Had a couple of Catocala sp. show up last night although I only got a photo of one. There were a couple of new moths (for me) including a lot of small ones. A couple of "now you see them, now you don't" moths, too.
Checklist region(s): United States, Wisconsin, Portage County