Problems in Identification: A Series of Moths Showing Fresh to Worn Condition
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Diminutive Noctuid Moth -- Quandara brauneata
This is an intriguing moth and the smallest noctuid found in Maryland. One's immediate impression on seeing one is of a small Geometrid such as a Eupithecia. I imagine that they are probably sexually dimorphic with the females being somewhat larger and darker. Over a period of just a few nights I noticed substantial fading or wear. Jim Vargo's specimen is intermediate to the first two of mine.