These day-flying moths are very small, only about the size of a fingernail. They fly early in the spring, from March to late May in the Pacific Northwest. Their range includes California and the Intermountain Region (located between the front ranges of the Rocky Mountains on the east and and the Cascade Range and Sierra Nevada on the west). Not well documented here in Montana, Kelly submitted these photos to a few citizen science project databases. We believe this individual is a male. Males are smaller, have rounded forewings, and are more distinctly marked, while females are larger, have pointed forewings, and reduced markings. Little is known about what the larvae eat, but closely related species feed on several species of Phacelia.   

Photo by: Kelly Dix on 4/1/21 near Florence, MT