Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 697068

Arizona Bird Dropping Moth
Ponometia elegantula

Observation date: July 17, 2009
Submitted by: pcastrovillo
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: At UV light trap near Visitor Center. Specimen resides in the Deer Flat NWR Reference Collection housed at the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, College of Idaho, Caldwell, ID.
Status: Unknown
Verified by: kent
Verified date: February 06, 2012
Coordinator notes: Another new species for the data base! Candefacta has forewing white near base and along costa; gray and yellowish mottling fills most of median and subterminal areas (creating an olive green effect) and reaching apex; note dark grayish bar perpendicular to inner margin; orbicular spot tiny, black; reniform spot usually round, outlined with white; diffuse light gray markings usually present near base hindwing dark grayish-brown with white fringe [adapted from description by Charles Covell] - this doesn't quit fit your specimen. In typical elegantula having an almost straight inner edge to the broad, black medial line, often with a notch at the reniform spot, and white areas beyond this. In all forms the line is less acutely angled at the reniform spot and the dark shading in the fringe is confined to the upper half of the fringe and often broken into two areas (apex and 1/3). ~ D.L. (From MPG)
Checklist region(s): Canyon County, Idaho, United States