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Depressaria depressana - Purple Carrot-seed Moth Total length: 10 mm. Reddish brown forewings.  Whitish head and thorax.<br />
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Depressaria depressana - Purple Carrot-seed Moth

Total length: 10 mm. Reddish brown forewings. Whitish head and thorax.

Attracted to a moth light in a rural area.

    comments (8)

  1. Nice! I'm going to drop a question here: do you know what the reason is for moths to be so variable, beautiful, diverse in their appearance and patterns? We know that for a lot of species, it may play a role in mate attraction. Is the same true for moths? Posted one year ago
    1. Do you mean intraspecies or interspecies variability? I'm guessing interspecies? But, I'll address both just in case... Intraspecies variety, I'm guessing is due to environmental factors, nutrition, weather, etc. Interspecies diversity is an interesting question because WHY do they have to look so different, beautiful, etc.? What's the point? I'm not totally sure. Some we know are mimics, advertise warning colors, use camouflage, etc. They can be pollinators or pests, beautiful or plain, etc. My thought is that each species is specialized for a purpose depending on where and when they live, what they eat, what predators they have to deal with, etc. So, they find their proper place in their respective habitats by adapting, specializing, and finding their unique, individual niche. As to the specific reasons for their beautiful diversity, I have no idea, but it sure seems inexhaustible.
      Posted one year ago
      1. Those include a few very good reasons, thanks so much! Posted one year ago
  2. I think this may be Depressaria depressana. Compare with and
    Posted one month ago
    1. Oh, wow! Thanks so much for catching that. I completely agree! Posted one month ago
      1. PS - You can have the credit for the ID, if you want to go ahead and ID this one. Posted one month ago
        1. You're welcome! You found it and checked out the sources so it's yours. Posted one month ago
          1. Thanks, you are helpful and sweet! Posted one month ago

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Blunt’s flat-body or purple carrot-seed moth is a moth of the Depressariidae family. It is found in most of Europe. It is also found in the Near East, North Africa, the eastern part of the Palearctic ecozone and since 2009 in North America. In the former USSR, it is distributed in the entire European part except for the Far North. It is also found in the northern Caucasus and Transcaucasia , in Kazakhstan, Central Asia , in the south of Siberia and the Russian Far East . It is an introduced species.. more

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Uploaded Jul 28, 2018. Captured Jul 26, 2018 22:09 in 5 East St, New Milford, CT 06776, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/4.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm