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Species Taeniogramma mendicata - Hodges# 6424

Taeniogramma mendicata? - Taeniogramma mendicata
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Geometroidea (Geometrid and Swallowtail Moths)
Family Geometridae (Geometrid Moths)
Subfamily Ennominae
Tribe Cassymini
Genus Taeniogramma
Species mendicata (Taeniogramma mendicata - Hodges# 6424)
Hodges Number
6424
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Taeniogramma tenebrosata (Hulst, 1887)
Semiothisa tenebrosata Hulst, 1887
Diastictis lamitaria Dyar, 1913niogramma
Identification
Adapted from Entomologica Americana original description: Head and collar ochreous. Thorax in front narrowly reddish ochreous, otherwise thorax, abdomen and wings soiled white; forewings heavily powdered, outwardly some striated with dark brown, a basal line faintly indicated, narrow brown marginal line, all discal spots evident.

The PM line typically consists of just a series of small evenly spaced dark dots on the veins, slightly more prominent at the costa.
Range
S. Arizona, S. New Mexico, Texas
See Also
In West Texas, "Macaria" (=Speranza) saphenata can be very plain and very similar to Taeniogramma mendicata. That species lacks the orange head and collar, and the series of dots on the PM line, if present, usually consists of only 3 or 4 dots on the veins closest to the costa and are situated slightly further out on the FW (MPG, BOLD, and iNaturalist images).
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