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.
Type Locality: Alpine (Brewster County) Texas on 9 September 1963.
Policocnemis ungulatus Benjamin
O. ocelatta is similar but larger
Moth Photographers Group
- photos of related species.
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
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)
(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)
number of world species
(Brian Pitkin, Butterflies and Moths of the World)