|Gold Spangle (Autographa bractea)|
We almost didn't recognize the Gold Spangle (Autographa bractea) when we had it. Both Patrick and I thought for a second that it was a variant Gold Spot, but then I realized that it was 1) too dark to be a Gold Spot and 2) it was missing a lot of the characteristic markings of a Gold Spot. The comparison now is obvious, but it can sometimes be difficult identifying things from memory, which can lead to confusion. Autographos 'written in one's own hand' refers to the distinct marking in the middle of the Gold Spangle's forewing. Each member of the Autographa genus, which includes the Beautiful Golden Y, Plain Golden Y, Silver Y, and Gold Spangle, has a signature mark in the middle of the wing. Below is a lovely lithograph of many of the moths formerly considered to be in the same genus (Plusia) as the Gold Spangle, though most have been reclassified. The Gold Spangle is the central moth in the picture.
|Plusia genus - most members reclassified to other genera inc. Autographa|
|Map-winged Swift (Hepialus fusconebulosa)|
|The Lychnis (Hadena bicruris)|
- Post by Jane Wu