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pollengarden

pollengarden
Pueblo, CO
(Zone 5b)

July 20, 2013
8:18 PM

Post #9606633

I couldn't find a match for this in my guide book.
It was hiding in the dark like a moth.
It was shaped like a Butterfly.
It was too big for a skipper - that is the end of a 2x4 it is on (an old 2x4 that really was 2x4).
I couldn't see any antennae.
Closest match I could find would be a Buckeye crossed with an Admiral.

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pollengarden

pollengarden
Pueblo, CO
(Zone 5b)

July 20, 2013
8:27 PM

Post #9606642

Oops! I meant to show a cropped close up

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steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 20, 2013
8:30 PM

Post #9606647

it reminds me of polyphemus moths. Google those and see if any look like yours.

pollengarden

pollengarden
Pueblo, CO
(Zone 5b)

July 20, 2013
9:22 PM

Post #9606697

Yes, the polyphemus moths were close - but again not quite. Mine has the eye spots behind the band on the bottom of the wing. All the moth photos I looked at had the eye spot in front of the band, centered on the hind wing,
I'm still searching.
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 20, 2013
9:59 PM

Post #9606707

what about black witch moth? here's a link
[HYPERLINK@www.google.com]

what I read says they sometimes venture as far North as Wisconsin. It is known as "Mariposa del muerte"

pollengarden

pollengarden
Pueblo, CO
(Zone 5b)

July 20, 2013
10:25 PM

Post #9606721

Yes, Thanks!
Ascalapha odorata, Black Witch is a match

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