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Woolly Grass-veneer Moth (male)

Thaumatopsis pexellus


Roughly 18-20 mm in length, from "nose" to tips of folded wings. Wings narrow, marked with black and white streaks on beige background for maximum camouflage. Antennae of male bipectinate (comb-like). Note the extra-long palps, leg-like appendages originating beneath the eye in this image.


Degraded shortgrass prairie with yucca, sunflower, prickly-pear cacti, and scattered elm trees.


This and other crambid "snout moths" are exceedingly abundant here this fall. It has been a wet year and the caterpillars have prospered.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Spotted on Sep 26, 2014
Submitted on Sep 30, 2014

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