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Species Pyrausta atropurpuralis - Hodges#5031

Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Pyraloidea (Pyralid and Crambid Snout Moths)
Family Crambidae (Crambid Snout Moths)
Subfamily Pyraustinae
Genus Pyrausta
Species atropurpuralis (Pyrausta atropurpuralis - Hodges#5031)
Hodges Number
5031
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Botis atropurpuralis Grote, 1877
Size
Expanse: 15 mm.
Identification
Forewings of an obscure reddish brown with a purple cast. At first sight appearing immaculate, but the exterior line can be made out by its being followed by scattered yellowish scales; it is similarly shaped to that of vinulenta (= signatalis), but not angulated on submedian fold. The stigmata are not obvious. The anterior line is partially shown in the same way as the outer line. Hind wings fuscous, paler at base; fringes paler and narrowly interlined. Head and thorax like fore wings. Beneath the body is silky whitish. Wings beneath fuscous with a slight lilac reflection, without obvious markings except on secondaries an indication of a mesial line.
Range
According to Dr. Ed Knudson, this is a central Texas species.
Remarks
Type locality: Texas (coll. by Belfrage, probably in central Texas).
Print References
Grote, A. R. 1877 b: New Pyralides, III. – The Canadian Entomologist, Ottawa 9: 104.