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Species Melipotis indomita - Indomitable Melipotis Moth - Hodges#8600

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon (Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea
Family Erebidae
Subfamily Erebinae
Tribe Melipotini
Genus Melipotis
Species indomita (Indomitable Melipotis Moth - Hodges#8600)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Melipotis indomita (Walker, [1858])
Bolina indomita Walker, [1858]
* phylogenetic sequence #930871
13 spp. n. of Mex. (1)
Wingspan 4-5 cm (Covell, 1984).(2)
Forewing length 2.0-2.3 cm (Powell & Opler, 2009).(3)
Larva to 32 mm (Crumb, 1956).
Larva - blackish with gray stripes; head brown (Crumb, 1956).
Most common in southwest: CA-TX-KS-NV (where mesquite occurs), but Covell (1984) notes it also occurs TX-FL-ME-MN.(2) Likely a nonrepreductive migrant in the north (Powell & Opler, 2009).(3) (MPG range map)
Mesquite Prosopis (Fabaceae) in western US (Crumb, 1956; Covell, 1984).(2)
* The most common and widest ranging species of Melipotis spp. (4),(2)
* May be active during the day on rotting fruit or flowers (4)
* Often attracted to lights in large numbers
Print References
Covell Jr., C. V. 1984. A field guide to the moths of eastern North America. p.164 (2)
Crumb, S. E. 1956. The larvae of the Phalaenidae. USDA Technical Bulletin 1135: 272
Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. pl.44.1m, 44.2f, p.257 (3)
Wagner, D. L. 2011. Owlet caterpillars of eastern North America. p.148 (5)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico.
Hodges, et al. (editors). 1983. E. W. Classey, London. 284 pp.
2.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
3.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
4.Illustrated Checklist of the Lepidoptera of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas, Vol. 2B: Macro-Moths
Ed Knudson & Charles Bordelon. 2004. Texas Lepidoptera Survey, Houston. xiv + 59 pp. 20 plates.
5.Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2011. Princeton University Press.