Eric spotted this cool moth near an outdoor light in Bodega Bay tonight (19 December 2017). [Click on the picture for a larger version.]
The moth has a somewhat unusual appearance, so if you need some orientation, here you go:
The moth is facing left. The first pair of legs is stretched out — the legs are covered with scales, making the legs look very furry. There are dense scales concentrated on top of the head, giving the moth an "upswept hairdo." And there is a tuft of long scales at the tip of the abdomen, forming a little "pom-pom" (at the far right).
I love the colors of this moth — silvery gray, pale lavender (with small dark flecks), narrow white stripes, and a garnet highlight near the outer tip of the wing. Wow!
Unfortunately, I don't have access to my moth identification guides right now. So if you have any thoughts about the identity of this moth, I'd love to hear about it!
P.S. Thanks to Eric for spotting this beauty on the wall as we walked by!
ADDENDUM (20 December 2017): Lynn wrote to suggest that this moth could be a species in the genus Clostera. That looks like a good match! I'll keep working on it to see if we can figure out which species. Thanks, Lynn!