Entomology (Study of Bugs)/moth identification

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I found this small (less than 1/2 inch) moth on the wall of my house in North Las Vegas and was wondering about its identity and whether or not it was rare? It certainly isn't like any that I have ever seen before.

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Hi Norval
This is one of the more interesting examples of a protective adaptation in nature. This is a Bird Dropping Moth. (Possible Genus Ponometia) What predator is going to grab bird poop?

There are some caterpillars that also look like bird droppings.

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Walter Hintz

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I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

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I have taught science for over 57 years. I am presently teaching biology at the college level. I have done extensive graduate work in entomology.

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B.S. In Ed Kent State Unuv M.Sc The Ohio State Univ National Science Foundation Fellowships: Electron Microscopy Univ of California Entomology Kent State Univ

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