Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 913558

Mountain Beauty Moth
Syngrapha ignea

Observation date: July 30, 2013
Submitted by: Alix Gadd
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Feeding on alpine dandelion (Taraxacum ovinum)
Status: Resident
Verified by: mikefisher
Verified date: February 16, 2014
Coordinator notes: White marking on forewing makes me doubt this suggested ID; cannot be sure however. Second reviewer (Mike Fisher): It is not the species suggested by the observer because that species does not have the distinctive silver marking spot on the center of the forewings. Both species are shown in the Powell-Opler book, "Moths of Western North America." Synagrapha ignea as I have verified is on Plate 50, Fig. 4.
Checklist region(s): United States, Colorado, Summit County