Most of us instinctively focus on color when trying to identify a bug. In this case, it led me down the wrong path. Janet Haworth sent me this picture she took on the upper trail at Clifty Creek CA, Maries County, MO. Coincidentally, I found an identical specimen along our road at Bull Mills the same day.
|Net-winged beetle||- Wikimedia|
Notice the ridges in the soft wing cover. On close inspection, the antennae had distinctive structures which also differed from our specimens.
|Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth*|
The picture I chose was by Charles Schurch Lewallen and I was startled to see it was taken in Okmulgee, OK where my mother was born in 1903. Small world!
One site mentioned it could be confused with the orange-patched smoky moth, Pyromorpha dimidiata. I looked it up on Bugguide.net and the first picture I looked at - another small world - was by a friend and fellow mycology nut, Jon Rapp who in his spare time has contributed 890 pictures to Bugguide. His picture plainly shows the distinctive antennae seen on Janet's specimen. Diagnosis made!
|Orange-patched Smoky Moth- Jon Rapp|
* Charles Schurch Lewallen has extensive animal and botanical photograph pages.