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Species Apotolype brevicrista - Hodges#7681

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Lasiocampoidea (Tent Caterpillar and Lappet Moths)
Family Lasiocampidae (Tent Caterpillar and Lappet Moths)
Subfamily Poecilocampinae
Genus Apotolype
Species brevicrista (Apotolype brevicrista - Hodges#7681)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Apotolype brevicrista (Dyar, 1895)
Tolype brevicrista Dyar, 1895
Tolype vemerila Dyar, 1914
Tolype nigrocristata Walker, 1928
Explanation of Names
Brevicrista from Latin meaning "brief crest", no doubt referring to the smaller patch of blue-black thoratic scales as compared to other Tolype and related species.
There are two named species of the genus Apotolype in America north of Mexico. (1)
Forewing length 12-14 mm. (2)
Larva to 37 mm. (3)
Cocoon 43 mm. (4)
Adult - seasonally variable, spring and late summer specimens often darker. (2)
Western Texas to central Arizona. (2)
Adults fly March through September. (2)
McFarland reared on mesquite Prospis glandulosa var. juliflora. (2)
See Also
Key to related species in southern Arizona.
Print References
Dyar, H.G., 1895. Notes on some southern Lepidoptera. The Canadian Entomologist, 27(9): 246
Dyar, H.G., 1914. Descriptions of new species and genera of Lepidoptera from Mexico. Proceedings USNM, 47: 388
Franclemont, J.G., 1973. The Moths of America North of Mexico. Fascicle 20.1. E.W. Classey Ltd. & R.B.D. Publications Inc., p. 46, pl. 4, figs. 32-35. (5)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. p. 234, pl. 38, f. 4
Walker, E.V., 1928. Some new moths from Arizona. Proc. Ent. Soc. Washington, 30(8): 139 (Tolype nigrocristata)