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Species Matigramma rubrosuffusa - Hodges#8680

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Erebidae
Subfamily Erebinae
Tribe Omopterini
Genus Matigramma
Species rubrosuffusa (Matigramma rubrosuffusa - Hodges#8680)
Hodges Number
8680
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Matigramma rubrosuffusa Grote, 1882
Phylogenetic sequence #931009
Explanation of Names
rubrosuffusa is Latin meaning "suffused with red".
Size
Forewing length 16-19 mm. (1)
Identification
Adult - Grayish fuscous with pinkish shading, indistinct and irregular dark lines; subterminal line with evident pinkish shading tending to break into spots; fringe scalloped; reniform with dark annulus and pale spot near lower outer angle; orbicular a small dark spot; hindwing color and pattern similar to forewing.
Range
Arizona to Texas, especially common in eastern and central Arizona.
Habitat
Riparian oak and acacia woodlands; desert scrublands.
Season
Adults fly from May to August.
Food
Larvae feed on scrub oak (Quercus spp.) and whitethorn acacia (Acacia constricta) (Moths of Southeastern Arizona).
See Also
M. pulverlinea and inopinata FW lack reddish shading, and the reddish-tinted M. emmilta has a different distribution.

Of the two reddish brown Matigramma in Arizona, Don Lafontaine says "rubrosuffusa is common only in eastern (White Mountains) and central (Prescott area, Flagstaff) Arizona (very rare in SE AZ) and the similar emmilta is common from southeast Arizona to west Texas." (Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
Print References
Franclemont, J. G. 1986. New species and new genera of noctuids from Arizona, Texas, and Mexico: the genera Matigramma and Acritogramma (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Catocalinae). Jl. Kansas Ent. Soc. 59(1): 150 (PDF)
Grote, A. R. 1882. New moths. Canadian Entomologist 14(9): 172
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page
BOLD Systems - DNA sequenced specimens
Works Cited
1.New species and new genera of noctuids from Arizona, Texas, and Mexico: the genera Matigramma and Acritogramma
John G. Franclemont. 1986. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 59(1): 143-172.