More New Moths for the State

Two more moths have been added to our state’s ever growing moth list. The two latest additions come from opposite ends of the state, one from Lincoln and the other from the Scotts Bluff area.

On August 11 Colin Croft found a neat Geometer Moth (Glena nigricaria) in the Wildcat Hills south of Scotts Bluff. It is western in distribution with the western Nebraska record being the easternmost in the United States. Its larvae feed on pines. BugGuide post

Glenia nigricaria, Wildcat Hills, Scotts Bluff Co., NE, August 11 2023, Colin Croft,

Then a day later on August 12 Jan Olmstead sent Steve Spomer a photo of a moth which Steve identified as an Inornate Pyrausta (Pyrausta inornatalis), also new to the state and the northernmost record in the central United States.

Inornate Pyrausta, Lincoln, lancaster Co., NE, Jan Olmstead, id by Steve Spomer

Thanks to Colin and Jan!!

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