Our Local Living Fossil and Some Micromoths…

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These photos introduce our local living fossil (Family Hepialidae) and selected local examples various micromoths (Families Tineidae, Bucculatricidae, Gracillariidae, Ypsolophidae, Plutellidae, and Elachistidae).  The 22 images shown here represent 18 genera and 22 moth species, all of which were found and photographed in either northeastern North Dakota or northwestern Minnesota.

Can you can identity some of these moths?  Give this a try by matching these photographs with images found on pages 26-59 of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America.Moth BookThe Moth Photographer’s Guide has been an excellent resource for helping me become familiar with the overwhelming diversity of our North American moths.  Click on this link to sneak-a-peek at the micromoths archived in the MPG:   http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/fast.php?plate=01&size=l&sort=h

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