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Hodges#6085 - Meskea dyspteraria

Hodges#6085 - Meskea dyspteraria
1.3 miles NW of Campwood, Edwards County, Texas, USA
April 18, 2017
Size: apx. 32mm WS
Attracted to my UV light and placed on leaf for this photograph. What a privilege to have seen two specimens of this unusual species! Adds April for Texas. Maury Heiman once told me that the life history was unknown and that it may not have an emergence each year. Looking at our Texas records, I would guess that it may have a 2 year gestation cycle. (not the right terminology for an entomologist!)

So cool!
There are a few recent sightings on iNaturalist from Austin, one of which is now on BugGuide as well. Looks like it's a good year for them!

Nice find. These occur southw
Nice find. These occur southward at least to Costa Rica where they have been reared from Sida acuta and S. pyrimidata. They don't seem to have many records, so may not have much additional info on life history. (I am referring to Janzen and Hallwach's ACG database.)

Thank you for the additional information. We do have some Sida, but probably not the same species.

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