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Indomitable Melipotis

Melipotis indomita


This is a medium sized moth with a wingspan of 4-5 centimeters. Markings include various shades of brown, gray, black, and white.


This moth is found in the southern states of the United States, and in northern Mexico. Diet: Mesquite (rotting fruit or flowers) Ref:


We spotted this moth hiding off to the corner of an entryway door. The colors of this moth are so beautiful and intricate. Thanks to BugGuide for the i.d. Researching brown moths for an i.d. proved to be quite a challenge! So glad there are experts to assist! Fun Facts: It has been spotted in the Pacific Northwest and is considered a migrant stray. The larvae of this species (Mesquite cutworm) vigorously feeds on Mesquite leaves and can defoliate trees. (Mesquites will recover and grow new leaves) Ref:

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San Antonio, Texas, USA

Spotted on May 6, 2019
Submitted on May 26, 2019

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