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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)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
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 (1)
Covell (1984) listed the wingspan 4-5 cm. (2)
Powell & Opler (2009) listed the forewing length 20-23 mm. (3)
Crumb (1956) reported the larvae mature to 32 mm. (4)

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Crumb (1956) described the larva as blackish with gray stripes; head brown. (4)
Most common in California and Nevada to Texas and Kansas, (where mesquite occurs), but Covell (1984) notes it also occurs Texas to Florida, Maine to Minnesota. (2) Powell & Opler (2009) states the species is likely a nonproductive migrant in the north.(3)
Crumb (1956)(4) & Covell (1984)(2) listed Mesquite Prosopis (Fabaceae).
The most common and widest ranging species of Melipotis spp. (6),(2)
May be active during the day on rotting fruit or flowers (6)
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. (4)
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 (7)
Works Cited
1.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .
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.The Larvae of the Phalaenidae [Noctuidae]
Samuel Ebb Crumb. 1956. U.S. Department of Agriculture Technical Bulletin 1135: 1-356.
5.North American Moth Photographers Group
6.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.
7.Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2011. Princeton University Press.
8.Pacific Northwest Moths
9.The Barcode of Life Database (BOLD)