Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 983030

Observation date: October 20, 2013
Submitted by: Nancy Hamlett
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: While walking through coastal sage scrub at the Claremont Colleges' Bernard Field Station (www.bfs.claremont.edu), I flushed a lot of little seemingly white moths that practically disappeared when they landed. The moths seemed especially numerous in a stand of Skunk Bush (Rhus aromatica), and I finally got a photo of this one that landed on a Skunk Bush. My best guess is that it's in Crambidae, and I'm wondering if it might be Agriphila attenuatus - Hodges#5404. The appearance seems very similar, and the location and time of year are certainly consistent with sightings posted here and on BugGuide.
Status: Resident
Verified by: Josiah Gilbert
Verified date: June 26, 2014
Coordinator notes: You are correct!