1. Still no ID for this one. I posted it on Moths of Eastern USA and they considered the same moths and didn't reach a solution either. I have it on the back of mind when searching for others, perhaps I'll stumble on it then.
2. Pseudorthodes vecors - Small Brown Quaker - Hodges#10578
3. Enargia infumata - Smoked Sallow - Hodges#9550 ID by Tony...thank you (thought it was a Sunira)
4. Pima albiplagiatella - White-edged Pima Moth - Hodges#5747...ID by Tony. (see discussion)
Nancy, what an intriguing group of moths!! I can't offer a whole lot of help but your last one is a pyralid in the genus Peoria: Carmine Snout Moth Peoria approximella 6053 or Gemmed Cordgrass Borer Peoria gemmatella 6048. A side view would help a lot.
I've looked a lot for your #1 but haven't found a better choice than what you suggest Resapamea passer. I'll keep looking.
Your #2 looks fine to my eye Pseudorthodes vecors.
I'm drawing a blank on your #3 but haven't really searched yet. I'll try to search a bit later on.
Keep them coming!
What an egg head I am.. I always take a side view of most micros....I was overwhelmed by numbers I had on the hot nights. I'm thinking my little pink one is closer to 6053. The side had a white stripe. You can see a bit of it on the left side. I searched for hours for it...all micros, just in case.
You are so kind to help me out with these Stuart. I couldn't see anything better for #1, and really figured #3 would be easy! It looks familiar. I will go through the plates again.
Thanks so much!
Took an earlier than intended ferry back from GMI.... pelagic outing yesterday was great but land birding slow on a hot day so left early. I'm tired and perhaps in no frame of mind to be of much help, but, I note your moth has a very strong white area on the side that fits 6053 better than do the others I checked out.
Not ready to tackle anything else tonight.
PS, congrats on the others and the images are great!!
I agree Joanne. Thanks so much for taking a look when you are tired. Get some rest.
Very high winds here..I have company coming this week and have lots to do...not setting up the trap tonight. I have the moths from this morning still cooling...will shoot and Id them in the morning
Your image shows as a bit longer than the Peterson's book shows 6053 to be, but sizes seem to be given as the 'mean'...ie 'average' size. I've recently seen American Idea that would measure smaller/larger compared to the given 'norm' in Peterson's.
I agree that 6053 looks best for #4. I forgot that you had a grid underlay so the 10mm total length would be good for 6053 and too short for 6048. I get loads of 6048 but only once or twice a season do I get 6053 but I got one a few nights ago. You can see some of my Peoria at this link.
Wonderful images for 6053 Stuart. Have been posting on i naturalist last month...have to catch up now. Putting the rare ones on it for sure and also on BG
Stuart....Took a look through the last plate and 9960 – Sunira verberata – Battered Sallow Moth , looks very close for #3...what do you think?
Brilliant!! I'd say you've got it. Congratulations. Somehow I looked right past that one.
On second thought........we may have to keep looking. I had forgotten that Tony had told us that 9960 was not separable from 9957 Sunira bicolorago except by dissection (see HERE).
Just as importantly, both species fly in autumn only. :)
Back to the drawing board?