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MBWCC 10-06-2010 08:59 PM

Mystery Moth
 
Is there anyone with a suggestion as to what the pictured moth might be? It was found on the Bitteroot Moutains ridge line between the St. Joe River drainage and the North Fork Clearwater drainage, approximately due south of Avery, ID, at about 4,000'-5,000' elevation. The moth was found by the owner of the Idaho Fly Fishing Company, Avery, ID. The specimen photos were taken in the fly shop and other than the photos and the collection location information I know nothing else.

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/k...83_Cropped.jpg

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/k...84_Cropped.jpg

Hardyreels 10-06-2010 10:22 PM

Re: Mystery Moth
 
Can't help you with that, kind of reminds me of a cicada looking at the body & head shape but I have not seen a moth like that........ever.

Ard

fredaevans 10-07-2010 04:40 AM

Re: Mystery Moth
 
No luck here, you will have there: Welcome! | Butterflies and Moths of North America

Bigfly 10-07-2010 12:29 PM

Re: Mystery Moth
 
MB, looks a bit like our sphinks (SP?) moth. How wide was it, big?
Here, you might mistake ours for a small bat.

Jim

Hardyreels 10-07-2010 01:10 PM

Re: Mystery Moth
 
You're the Man Jim, as soon as I read that I thought "I think he's right" I think I've seen them in pictures in my FG to butterflies and moths but never a real one.

Good call

MBWCC 10-07-2010 07:14 PM

Re: Mystery Moth
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Bigfly (Post 148585)
MB, looks a bit like our sphinks (SP?) moth. How wide was it, big?

It was maybe 1.5" tip to tip at the tail of the wings, slightly less nose to tail of wings.

I appreciate the suggestion of a sphinx moth, but after researching them a bit I find that they are larger and hail from desert climates. This one was found in high alpine pine forest terrain.

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Quote:

Originally Posted by fredaevans (Post 148453)
No luck here, you will have there: Welcome! | Butterflies and Moths of North America

Thanks for the excellent link. After wading through all of the Shoshone County, Idaho known inhabitants I still haven't found a match but I will keep searching.

Bigfly 10-08-2010 10:54 AM

Re: Mystery Moth
 
Well, for what it's worth, we live at 6ooo ft. Not quite high for us, but definitely
high deserty (sage/pine). It's the eye on the back that triggered my call. Ours are bigger than 1.5" though.

Jim


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