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Old 07-20-2010, 05:51 PM   #1
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I guess I'm not asking for an ID as much as asking if my identification is correct.

I spotted this somewhat beat-up guy. He didn't seem bothered by my getting rather close and let me take numerous pictures...and a video!

I did an image search of "black moth" and spotted what looks like the same thing. Is this a Melanchroia chephise?

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Old 07-20-2010, 07:51 PM   #2
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Looks like it may be Cisseps fulvicollis... When I noticed Melanchroia chephise's natural range is around Texas, I did a bit more research. Am I right this time?
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Cisseps fulvicollis doesn't have blue on the thorax, so let's throw another possibilty into the mix, Ctenucha virginica. It has larger antennae like your moth, which is probably male.

Species Ctenucha virginica - Virginia Ctenucha - Hodges#8262 - BugGuide.Net

In case you're not confused enough, take a look at this one I saw a couple weeks ago, Harrisina americana Opposite leaves, milkweed-like
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Cisseps fulvicollis doesn't have blue on the thorax, so let's throw another possibilty into the mix, Ctenucha virginica. It has larger antennae like your moth, which is probably male.

Species Ctenucha virginica - Virginia Ctenucha - Hodges#8262 - BugGuide.Net

In case you're not confused enough, take a look at this one I saw a couple weeks ago, Harrisina americana Opposite leaves, milkweed-like
Thanks, swamp thing. Looks good to me.

I didn't realize the size of the antennae could help one determine the gender. I was already calling him a he anyway.
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