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Erythrina twigborer

Terastia meticulosalis


Found in the daytime in my Sister's Garden Newport Beach, CA

1 species ID suggestions

Erythrina twigborer
Terastia meticulosalis Mystery Moth - Terastia meticulosalis - BugGuide.Net


SukanyaDatta 2 years ago

You are welcome Gilma...that tail really fascinated me. I am just as glad as you to have found its name. Your spotting is GREAT!!! And good luck for more spottings.

Thank you, LuisStevens.

LuisStevens 2 years ago

Amazing looking moth!

I really thought This was going to be one of my Moth without an ID, as many I have in my spottings. It means so much to me to get the ID's. Thank you Thank you Thank you. SukanyaDatta.

Thank you so much, SukanyaDatta...That is it..... Unmistakably tail.
Erythrina twigborer
Terastia meticulosalis

Hema 2 years ago

Amazing find!!

KarenSaxton 2 years ago

They do not have either a photo or show this one on the map. Might want to submit to them

SukanyaDatta 2 years ago

This is what Wikipedia says:Terastia meticulosalis, the erythrina twigborer or erythrina borer, is a moth of the Crambidae family. It has a wide distribution. In North Americ

Thank you KarenSaxton, Yes, it is close to Mexico and if it wonder to California, perhaps I am looking at the wrong sites.
I went on any Site I could find for California, there are hundreds of Moth but not this one. I figure it would be easy to find because of that beautiful tail.

KarenSaxton 2 years ago

Sphinx, definitely. Pretty sure I've seen a blind and that isn't it. Wonder if it wandered up from Mexico?

ThomasCaelifera, The moth was not in the link but it looks to me that it is a Sphinx.
I found 5 that where somewhat similar, Metopluera potosi, Walnut, Blinded, Modest, and Abbott Sphinx.

KarenSaxton 2 years ago


Thank you so much, ThomasCaelifera. I will definitely will check the Link.

ThomasCaelifera 2 years ago

I think it's a sphinx of some sort. You might be able to find something here: (

Thank you so much, LaurenZarate, first Moth I witness in North America, and I lived here for 40 years.... : o

LaurenZarate 2 years ago

Very neat moth!

tmvdh 2 years ago

Not yet, Gilma...

Thank you so much, tmvdh.
The Moth was an inch long, unfortunately I did not have my Macro lens.
Any ideas as to an ID?

tmvdh 2 years ago

Incredible shots!!!

Costa Mesa, California, USA

Lat: 33.63, Long: -117.93

Spotted on Jul 18, 2016
Submitted on Jul 27, 2016

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