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Psaphida styracis ?
Psaphida styracis ?  
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Hi Walter,
I would appreciate some help identifying this moth to species. While it appears to be a close match to Psaphida styracis / Fawn Sallow,
all references I read indicate that P. styracis flies March-May. I photographed this one in DuPage County, IL on 08sep2014.
Looking forward to your thoughts.
Best regards,
Tadas Birutis
Westmont, IL

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 Hi Tadas
A few years ago I was doing research on insect associates of Giant ragweed. Most of the insects I found in the stems were Noctuid caterpillars. To identify the species I had to send specimens to an expert in Canada. I tell you this because there is no way I can identify a species of moth from a photo. From the photo my guess is that this is  P.styracis. Due to climate changes It does not surprise me that there are variances in flight patterns

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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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