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Hitched Arches

Melanchra adjuncta


The Hitched Arches moth has a wingspan of approximately 1.25 to 1.5 inches. The forewing is dark gray with a white orbicular spot, a large white reniform spot and a wavy white terminal line. The legs are black with white spots. The hindwing is gray and is darker at the outer margin.


Hitched arches moth's species are found in moist forests throughout North America. Hitched arches moth's are moderately common in coastal rainforests and mixed hardwood-conifer forests.


This pretty Hitched Arches moth was on the ceiling of our carport in the shaded daylight. Near this moth is our floodlight which was on from the following night. Perhaps the light attracted this Hitched Arches moth to our carport. It was a great color and patterned live moth spotting for us. My daughter let this moth be upon her finger for some additional pictures. This moth was less active then some nocturnal moths I have captured to take photographs. Also to note,this moth is not common in our area,making this spotting a curious species find.

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Hoquiam, Washington, USA

Spotted on Jul 29, 2012
Submitted on Jul 30, 2012

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