Mournful Thyris: Mating Mystery Moths Identified

your ID help would be appreciated
About 1 year ago I moved from CA to TN and I’m having a great time trying to figure out what the various critters I’m finding here actually are. I’m sending this pic as a link because I’m stuck with what seems to be the slowest dialup connection in the world. Just in case I decide to share my pics with more than one person, I upload them to my web site and then share them by sending the link so I only have to upload them once. I just found these 2 doing the wild thing on the underside of a daffodil leaf. Any idea what they are? Thanks
Ken Childs

Hi Ken,
We thought identifying these distinctive moths would be easy. We are still stumped. We will continue to check. The photo, meanwhile, is gorgeous.

Hi there, I just wanted to say kudos on your great site! I’m currently trying to identify and caterpillar I found in my bathroom, and I am growing more and more increasingly eager to just rear it and find out what it is! I hope this is a bit of help to you. I believe the spotted moths that are in question from the 16th are “mournful Thyris” moths. cheers!

Hi Kitty,
Thank you so much for your assistance. We found the Mournful Thyris, Pseudothyris sepulchralis, on BugGuide which puts it in the family Thyrididae, Window-Winged Moths.

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