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Sep 20, 2013 9:48 PM

Blue Moth?

Ok, I hope to not wrong again

 

I think this si a Moth, but I never seen it, I need help to ID.

 

15.08.2013 - North Italy

 

IMG_0425

 

Thanks for the help!

 

Ciao,

Marcello

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    Sep 20, 2013 10:40 PM (in response to Marcello Consolo)
    Re: Blue Moth?

    Hi Marcello,

     

    What a stunning little moth!

     

    Three possibilities for you to look at:

    - http://www.lepiforum.de/lepiwiki.pl?Jordanita_Subsolana

    - http://www.lepiforum.de/lepiwiki.pl?Adscita_Albanica

    - http://www.lepiforum.de/lepiwiki.pl?Adscita_Statices

     

    I have not checked the distributions of these species.

     

    Let me know what you think.

     

    Mike

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        Sep 21, 2013 8:00 AM (in response to Marcello Consolo)
        Re: Blue Moth?

        Hi Marcello,

         

        "The genera Adscita and Jordanita can be distinguished at the blunt or sharp antennae of males:"

        http://www.lepiforum.de/lepiwiki.pl?Adscita_Statices (includes a comparative photo)

        Your specimen has blunt tips, so it is not Jordanita.

         

        That's a nuisance...

        ...because I don't know how to differentiate the species of Adscita

        It is easy to get mislead by the colour: some really are more green or more blue, but how they appear in photographs can be misleading.

        As well as the three species I mentioned above, these are also possible:

        - Aa. alpine, geryon, italica (I don't think A. mannii).

         

        Maybe you could contact Matteo Luciani, to see if he has any guidance to offer, as a fellow Italian macro photographer. I note he has a photo (I can't link to it directly) of a specimen similar to yours, which he labels 'Adscita sp.' (so you are not alone in having difficulty with this genus).

        http://www.matteoluciani.com/macro-and-flora.html

         

        Mike

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