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Jul 19, 2014 9:48 PM

ID help with this moth please

Unfortunately this moth got caught in a spider's web overnight in the porch, so I guess a night flyer. I put it back together as well as I could for the photograph. It had very thin wings with a pearly sheen. I looked online for similar moths, the closest being the Olive Pearl Moth. Please can someone help with ID. Thanks.

 

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    Jul 19, 2014 9:56 PM (in response to Sarah)
    Re: ID help with this moth please

    Hi Sarah,

    I don't think this is an Olive Pearl moth, but to be fair I don't think anyone could ID this without doing a genital dissection.  The reason it looks this way is that most of its scales are missing, something that happens to moths with age.  I have to say I've not seen one this bad in some time, but it is the natural way they go, loosing their camoflage as their lives come to the end and there for being eaten by birds, spiders etc. I can totally see where you were going with the Olive Pearl as the only scales left on this poor soul are the ones on that leading edgle of wing, but I do doubt thats the case here.

     

    Hope this helps

    Crystal

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