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Parilexia proditata

Parilexia proditata
Sanibel, Lee County, Florida, USA
September 30, 2015
Size: FW 12mm, WS 26mm
Photographed at a blacklight in a residential yard on Sanibel Island. Notwithstanding the remark on MPG that, "It is likely that mapping records [of Parilexia proditata] from central and northern Florida represent misidentifications," I can come up with no better fit for this moth. The uniformly speckled brown wings, with vague red-brown crossbands on the FW, and the combination of black cell dots on the FW and cream dots on the HW seem to be distinctive among anything illustrated on MPG. This would represent an addition to the guide.

I note that on the MPG page for Antillean Lepidoptera Plate 05.1, Rayner Nunez's images of this critter are labeled "Parilexia proditata group", implying that there may be closely similar species in that region.

Edit Note: Based on Ferguson's 2009 paper on this group of species [cite:1153975], this represents the first report of the genus on the west coast of Florida and the northernmost record to date. Two other very similar species, P. nicetaria and P. antilleata, are thus far known only from the Keys. (My thanks to Steve Nanz for providing access to that paper.)

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Moved to Parilexia proditata
Moved from Caberini.

I looked at BOLD and found that there are several species in the same BIN but I think it may be partly in error. However, one of the species is Thysanopyga cermala and it is pretty much identical. (Thysanopyga cermala is now in Parilexia.) Perhaps this is in part why it is referred to as a group. Regardless, I think it makes sense to add this as a tentative ID. I wish MPG said what the alternative was for misidentifications because I don't see any .

See Ferguson, 2009 here.

Thanks for the link Ferguson's 2009 paper. Google Scholar only brought a for-fee version.

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You might want to read the above reference. It does say "Superficially almost indistinguishable from other species of Parilexia occurring in Cuba and Florida except for presence in male of large, conspicuous hair tuft or hair pencil on foreleg..."

I think Parilexia proditata and antilleata are the only other reasonable possibility. If you can't make a determination, feel free to move it genus or wherever else you think makes sense.

Many thanks!

Chuck, it looks good to me, but I don't feel qualified to make a page for it. I will ask Steve Nanz to take a look for you.

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