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. http://www.flickr.com/photos/8343980@N06/3424311765/in/photostream/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/8343980@N06/3424309893/in/photostream/ 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 xanthometata. Ken Childs Henderson, TN Chester County http://www.finishflagfarms.com --- 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 > > A Good Credit > Score is 700 or Above. > See yours in just 2 easy steps! > The FAQ can be found by logging in at http://www.freelists.org/cgi-bin/lsg2.cgi/l=tn-butterflies Please report any abuse or questions about this list to: kjchilds@xxxxxxxxxx Users can unsubscribe from this list by sending email to tn-butterflies-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.