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Xestia dolosa or Xestia c-nigrum Both species are nearly identical in coloration and markings. Geotagged,Noctuidae,Summer,United States,Xestia,Xestia c-nigrum,Xestia dolosa,cutworm moths,dart moths,insect,moth,owlet moths Click/tap to enlarge

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  1. Any difference in distribution, I would expect no :) Posted 4 months ago
    1. Both are widespread in the US and Canada but Xestia c-nigrum is said to be absent from the southeastern US and X. dolosa absent from some western US states and western Canadian provinces but none of that applies to where I live.

      There is also supposed to be some small difference in wing size with X. c-nigrum averaging 6 mm (fore wing apex to apex) smaller than X. dolosa but so far I haven't found out what the apex to apex width of X. dolosa is. Guess its time to dig into the old literature sources again.

      I have another Xestia species I'll be posting later tonight. No idea on the species yet.
      Posted 4 months ago

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Uploaded May 1, 2019. Captured Sep 7, 2018 23:08 in 4408 Miller Rd, Barnum, MN 55707, USA.
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6
  • f/3.5
  • 1/64s
  • ISO800
  • 23mm