Iridopsis defectaria, 26 May 2020

Iridopsis defectaria, the Brown-shaded gray;
Volusia county, Florida (26 May 2020).

Fairly abundant throughout the eastern half the United States and nearly all of Central America, the Brown-shaded gray is one of those easy-to-miss moths. They’re quite small and do their thing when most of us are inside watching television, surfing the web, or straight up passed out. Like many of our moth species, the Brown-shaded gray seems to like hanging out near patio lights at night.

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