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Old 06-18-2009, 09:02 PM   #1
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Default Biologist Discovers Pink-winged Moth In Chiracahua Mountains

Biologist Discovers Pink-winged Moth In Chiracahua Mountains
ScienceDaily (June 12, 2009) University of Arizona biologist Bruce Walsh has identified a new species of moth in southern Arizona. Normally, this is not a big deal. The region is one of the most biologically rich areas in the country and collectors have been finding hundreds of new species for decades. This one, however, is different.

Biologist Discovers Pink-winged Moth In Chiracahua Mountains
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Walsh discovered L. leeae while collecting one evening at Onion Saddle, at about 7,700 feet in the Chiracahuas. Collecting involves illuminating a sheet with mercury vapor lamps. Moths are attracted by the lights and will land on the sheet.

"This large moth flew in and we didn't think much of it because there is a silk moth very much like it, a Doris silk moth that feeds on pines that has dark wings with pink on the hind wings. It's fairly common there."
On closer inspection, though, the moth, a female, appeared to be an entirely different species from an entirely different family. Walsh said it currently is the only known individual.
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Old 06-23-2009, 06:19 PM   #2
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Correct spelling Chiricahua Mountains.

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