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Orange, White & Brown Moth (flat)

Orange, White & Brown Moth (1)

[User Picture]From: curculio
2007-10-24 02:57 am (UTC)

looks like a butterfly

The clubbed and striped antennae give it away. My first impression was that it was a lycaenid, it would be pretty small, if it were but that leaf in the first picture, is it a hackberry? Maybe it is a nymphalid. I am actually quite poor with my butterflies. They are a group with fanatics and so I avoided them to my suffering since they are actually fascinating and beautiful.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2007-10-24 02:20 pm (UTC)

Re: looks like a butterfly

I think I found it! I'm not sure--will head to BugGuide to check, but in my Houston-area butterfly book, there's a listing for "Amymone", _Mestra amymone_, that shows the pale gray, white band, orange-yellow band above, and mentions its low, weak, fluttery flight and "breeds as far north as Austin..." It is migratory.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2007-10-24 02:24 pm (UTC)

Re: looks like a butterfly

Yup, that's it. See:


Tony Gallucci photographed one near Kerrville, dorsal and ventral views, just exactly like yours here. Apparently its called "Common Mestra" in some places and "Amymone" in others.

Now--was that really what we saw yesterday? I'm not sure, but if the darker scales had been lost from the top of the one we saw (it looked more whitish to me) then I'd say yes.

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