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Species Opsigalea blanchardi - Opsigalea Moth - Hodges#10216

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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 Cuculliinae
Genus Opsigalea
Species blanchardi (Opsigalea Moth - Hodges#10216)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Opsigalea blanchardi Todd, 1966
* phylogentic sequence # 931542
Explanation of Names
Patronym for Andre Blanchard (1896-1986), a moth enthusiast and researcher from Texas.
1 sp. n. of Mex.
one of 3 species in the world
Forewing length 15-17 mm.
Adult - forewing light yellowish-brown on upper (costal) half, gray on lower half, with thin black streaks separating the halves; large blackish blotch near anal angle, bordered basally by black semicircle (which constitutes the lower part of the PM line); hindwing white basally, shading to gray distally, with conspicuous dark-scaled veins; overall, resembles a boldly-marked Cucullia species.
Larva - light green above, with several faint longitudinal lines; darker green and unmarked below; last abdominal segment longer than others and containing a dorsal keel.
Larvae feed on Rio Grande butterflybush (Buddleja sessiliflora, Buddlejaceae).
Type Locality: Alpine (Brewster County) Texas on 9 September 1963.
See Also

Policocnemis ungulatus Benjamin
O. ocelatta is similar but larger
Moth Photographers Group - photos of related species.
Print References
Lafontaine, J.D. & B.C. Schmidt 2010. Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America North of Mexico. p.53
Poole, R.W. 1995. MONA Fascicle 26.1. p.74, pl.3.17-18 (1)
Todd, E.L. 1966. A new species of Opsigalea Hampson from Texas (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 68(2): 149-151
Internet References
pinned adult image by C.D. Ferris, plus location and date (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
live larva image plus location and date (Robert Behrstock, Arizona)
larval foodplant (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
presence in Texas of two specimens, with locations and dates; search on genus "Opsigalea" (Lepidopterists Society Season Summary, U. of Florida)
author, year, and type specimen locality O. blanchardi (Markku Savela, FUNET)
number of world species (Brian Pitkin, Butterflies and Moths of the World)
Works Cited
1.The Moths of America North of Mexico. Fascicle 26.1. Noctuoidea, Noctuidae: Cuculliinae, Stiriinae, Psaphidinae.
Robert W. Poole. 1995. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.