Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Psychomorpha epimenis (Drury, 1782)
Phalaena epimenis Drury 1782
Phylogenetic sequence # 931975
Explanation of Names
The common name is unusual in that it contains the species epithet; the normal practice is to use the genus name, as in "Grapevine Psychomorpha"
The only Psychomorpha
species found north of Mexico. (1)
Psychomorpha epimenis epimenis
(Drury, 1782) (1)
Psychomorpha epimenis euryrhoda
(Hampson, 1910) (1)
Body and wings black; forewing with large white patch; hindwing with large red or orange patch
Larvae feed on the leaves of grape, Vitis (Vitaceae)
Common nectar genera: Forestiera, Prunus, Crataegus, Cercis spp.
In southern Georgia and Florida, P. epimenis euryrhoda
has a red patch that extends almost to the base of the hind wing, covering most of the wing
, and was formerly treated as a distinct species.(1)
Drury, D. 1782. Illustrations of Natural History; wherein are exhibited upwards of two hundred and forty figures of exotic insects according to their different genera. London: White. Vol. 3: 76 pp.
Harris, T.W. 1839. Descriptive catalogue of the North American insects belonging to the Linnean genus Sphinx in the cabinet of Thaddeus William Harris. Amer. J. Sci. Arts, 36 (2): 282-320.