Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes


TaxonomyBrowse
Info
ImagesLinksBooksData

Species Melipotis indomita - Indomitable Melipotis Moth - Hodges#8600

ñ - Melipotis indomita - male Moth - Melipotis indomita - male Moth - Melipotis indomita - male Unknown Madera Canyon Moth - Melipotis indomita - male unknown moth - Melipotis indomita - female  Indomitable Melipotis Moth  - Melipotis indomita Noctuid? - Melipotis indomita Figure Seven moth ? - Melipotis indomita
Show images of: caterpillars · adults · both
Classification
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
8600
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Melipotis indomita (Walker, [1858])
Bolina indomita Walker, [1858]
* phylogenetic sequence #930871
Numbers
13 spp. n. of Mex. (1)
Size
Wingspan 4-5 cm (Covell, 1984).(2)
Forewing length 2.0-2.3 cm (Powell & Opler, 2009).(3)
Larva to 32 mm (Crumb, 1956).
Identification
Larva - blackish with gray stripes; head brown (Crumb, 1956).
Range
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)
Food
Mesquite Prosopis (Fabaceae) in western US (Crumb, 1956; Covell, 1984).(2)
Remarks
* 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.