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25-Jun-2017 Christine Hanrahan

Crocus geometer moth (xanthotype)

Reveler Conservation Area

Frequently found flying during the day and therefore at first, mistaken for a butterfly. There are two species in the area, Xanthotype sospeta and X. urticaria, but impossible to ID in the field because the species are very similar. Recent work "shows that DNA barcodes for urticaria and sospeta are identical. The two species appear to be inseparable by COI sequence data, as is the case with many closely related species studied in this paper. Some have suggested that these two are a single species because of the DNA similarity..." (Bug Guide)At one time it was thought possible to ID the two species visually, but that no longer applies.

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Nirvan Hope24-Feb-2019 20:22
Such a beautiful fragile and delicate looking moth - love the pale primrose color.
Blandine Mangin24-Feb-2019 17:13
beautiful ! v
Carl Carbone24-Feb-2019 17:09
Always a lovely subject.
Chris24-Feb-2019 15:41
Pretty markings and beautifully photographed.
Torben Jorgensen24-Feb-2019 12:25
Fantastic beautiful marking and colors on this moth. Excellent sharpness. V
Graeme24-Feb-2019 11:16
A superb capture, Christine.V
barbarajoy24-Feb-2019 11:13
Fragile beauty. Always appreciate the information. V
Patrick Goossens24-Feb-2019 11:03
Beautiful. Never knew these existed.
Ursula Miller24-Feb-2019 10:09
Fine capture of this interesting moth! V
Chris Morton24-Feb-2019 09:26
lovely patterns
Ika Zinka Eferl24-Feb-2019 07:23
WOW, that's a beautiful capture. V
joseantonio24-Feb-2019 06:00
lovely capture and nice color.V.
Hank Vander Velde24-Feb-2019 01:59
Good shot of this beautiful moth Christine.
Walter Otto Koenig24-Feb-2019 01:45
Beautiful colors and so delicate. The symmetrical markings remind me of foxing in old books. "V"
globalgadabout24-Feb-2019 01:00
a pastel beauty....looks lovely, light, and lemony..
Helen Betts24-Feb-2019 00:35
What a spectacular moth, and so well captured. V.
Jim Coffman23-Feb-2019 21:56
Wow, what a pretty moth!! Nice capture...
hayl23-Feb-2019 21:55
Very pretty marking on this moth. Thank you again for the information you provide us to go with the excellent photos.
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