Friday, April 27, 2012

Bold, yet subtle - Genista Broom Moth

5 March, 2012 - Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Brewster Co, TX

Habitat: cigarette butts, fallen leaves, granite chunks."Xeriscaping."

26 April 2012, Double Bacon Ranch, Marathon, Brewster Co, TX

A familiar face at the blacklight! But now we're sipping at horehound.

Genista Broom Moth - Uresiphita reversalis

Very similar to Mellilla xanthometata, the Orange Wing, the Genista Broom Moth has a stunning flash of citrus beneath a drab exterior. One listed host plant is Texas Mountain Laurel. No wonder there were so many at the lights! Perhaps a dozen graced the wall during this particular session; our first good flight of the year (singles rarely being noted prior).

[Edit: This entry has been backdated for chronology's sake - it was originally posted 18 May 2012.]

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