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Species Condica mobilis - Mobile Groundling - Hodges#9693

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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 Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Condicinae
Tribe Condicini
Genus Condica
Species mobilis (Mobile Groundling - Hodges#9693)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Condica mobilis (Walker, [1857])
Orig. Comb: Perigea mobilis Walker, [1857] 1856
Syn: Platysenta mobilis (Walker)
* Phylogenetic sequence #931992.
Twenty-seven Condica species are found in America north of Mexico.(1)
Wingspan 27-34 mm.(2)
Adult: forewing orangish to reddish-brown with dull brownish lines and mottling; bottom of reniform spot white; AM line scalloped; subterminal line jagged, irregular; hindwing whitish with grayish-brown border.
[adapted from description by Charles Covell (2)]
Arizona to Florida and north to New Jersey in the east.
West Indies and Mexico to South America. - Robert W. Poole
Bug Guide - range map with monthly record of photos submitted to the guide.
Moth Photographers Group - large range map with collection dates.
Flies all year in southern Florida and like many abundant tropical species, this moth disperses northward during the summer. - Robert W. Poole
Larvae feed on beggarticks (Bidens spp.) including Spanish Needles (B. bipinnata) and Bearded Beggarticks (B. aristosa).
Life Cycle
Larva. Pupa
One of the most abundant noctuids in the New World tropical and subtropical regions. - Robert W. Poole
See Also
Other species of Condica either lack reddish-orange forewing color or lack white reniform spot.
Compare pinned photos of other species at Moth Photographers Group
also see a pictorial key to tropical Condica species by Pierre Zagatti)

Print References
Lafontaine J. D., and B. C. Schmidt 2010. Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America North of Mexico. p. 65.(1)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - range map, photos of living and pinned adults.
Noctuidae of North America ( - description, range and pinned adult.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems - collection map and photos of pinned adults.
Moth Photographers Group - pinned adult and related species for comparison.
pinned adult image plus synonyms, foodplants, flight season, distribution, photo of male genitalia, similar species (Pierre Zagatti, Catalogue of Lepidoptera of French Antilles)
pinned adult image (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
pinned adult image by John Glaser, plus flight season and foodplant (Larry Line, Maryland)
pinned adult image (Matthew Barnes, Moths of the Grenadines)
presence in Florida; list (John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)
(1, 2) on Bidens spp. (John Hilty, Illinois)
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.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.