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Old 09-04-2012, 06:17 PM   #1
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There are dozens, if not hundreds of these guys flying around my yard at the moment and I can't id them. They are definitely diurnal, prefer zinnias, blue mist shrub over lantana, and flutter about so constantly that it is really hard to get a photo of them. They seem to rest with their wings spread rather than up. The wings look most like a duskywing to me, but the pattern doesn't match any of those in my books that should be in NC.

They seem to be dimorphic, presumably sexually. One type has extremely prominently white spots on their forewings, the other does not. I'm sorry the photos aren't clearer. They will not stay still to pose!
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:32 AM   #2
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There are dozens, if not hundreds of these guys flying around my yard at the moment and I can't id them. They are definitely diurnal, prefer zinnias, blue mist shrub over lantana, and flutter about so constantly that it is really hard to get a photo of them. They seem to rest with their wings spread rather than up. The wings look most like a duskywing to me, but the pattern doesn't match any of those in my books that should be in NC.

They seem to be dimorphic, presumably sexually. One type has extremely prominently white spots on their forewings, the other does not. I'm sorry the photos aren't clearer. They will not stay still to pose!
I cannot be certain about the first one as I cannot see its antennae, but the other images appear to be of a moth in the family Noctuidae (subfamily Plusiinae - loopers) - see Moth Photographers Group – Chrysodeixis includens – 8890 for an example.
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:36 PM   #3
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Thanks, suunto. I thought it wasn't a moth because of the narrow antennae but this is clearly it. I don't have any soybeans near me, or any brassica, but I have a bunch of Forbes in fabaceae and it says they eat peas.
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