[Leps-l] odd projecting spine on micromoth?
sjson at ptd.net
Mon Aug 11 15:45:21 EDT 2014
They are indeed tibial spines and the moth is Schreckensteinia festaliella.
Seen commonly during the day but usually overlooked.
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From: "David Hamilton Cox" <dhcox at nyx.net>
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Subject: [Leps-l] odd projecting spine on micromoth?
> I took this photo of what I assume is a moth on August 5, 2014, in Madison
> County Virginia:
> It was very small; found on white snakeroot, Ageratina altissima. What are
> those things projecting out from the sides -- tibial spurs or spines? Do
> some moths hold their legs out like that, or is this an individual
> I've never seen anything like it.
> -David Cox
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