[TN-Butterflies] Re: little orange moth

  • From: Audrey Hoff <ahofftn@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: kjchilds@xxxxxxxxx, tn-butterflies@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2009 14:44:13 -0700 (PDT)

David Trently and I also had this little moth on Sunday at Seven Islands WR, 
Knox Co.  Just shows what is out there when there are lots of eyes looking.


Audrey Hoff
Knoxville, TN

Audrey Hoff
I think that I think, therefore I am.......maybe.......

From: kjchilds <kjchilds@xxxxxxxxx>
To: tn-butterflies@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Tuesday, April 7, 2009 6:32:24 PM
Subject: [TN-Butterflies] Re: little orange moth

My moth expert contact says that your ID is correct. It's definitely Mellilla 

Ken Childs
Henderson, TN
Chester County


--- On Tue, 4/7/09, Rconnorsphoto@xxxxxxx <Rconnorsphoto@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> From: Rconnorsphoto@xxxxxxx <Rconnorsphoto@xxxxxxx>
> Subject: [TN-Butterflies] little orange moth
> To: tn-butterflies@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 11:48 AM
> From Sunday 4/5/09 at Narrows of the Harpeth, Harpeth
> River State Park 
> Cheatham Co. TN
> Snowberry Clearwing, Grapevine Epimenis (on Bladderpod
> blossoms), and one 
> little orange moth. I have seen these before and never
> satisfactorily identified 
> them. Best match from Covell, Moths of Eastern North
> America, 
> is Orange Wing (Mellilla xanthometata). It looks right
> but not listed at 
> right size - this was small, less than the size of Least
> Skipper. I'd say not 
> more than 15mm. Orange Wing listed at 16 - 21 mm. Anyway,
> if anyone has 
> experience with this one I'd appreciate a look and
> opinion.
> least moth photo:
> http://www.pbase.com/rconnorsnaturephoto/image/111011107
> Also see photo of zebra swallowtails showing color and
> pattern differences. 
> Not sure if its a male/female thing or just general
> variability of this 
> species.
> mating zebras photo:
> http://www.pbase.com/rconnorsnaturephoto/image/111011209
> Thanks in advance,
> Richard Connors
> Nashville
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