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8194 Phyllira Tiger - Apantesis phyllira - male

8194 Phyllira Tiger - Apantesis phyllira - Male
Bartlesville, Washington County, Oklahoma, USA
September 8, 2007
It came to UV light near pond in wooded area of a flood plain.
The specimen was pinned for a photo of the hindwing (attached)
The best I have found is 8194 Phyllira Tiger - Grammia phyllira, here: MPG

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8194 Phyllira Tiger - Apantesis phyllira - male 8196 Parthenice Tiger Moth - Apantesis phyllira - male



Grammia phyllira
This should have been left at Grammia phyllira. That ID was correct. It's not G. parthenice.

In G. parthenice the transverse line (pale bar) at the end of the discal cell is bent toward costa, whereas phyllira has a straight transverse line leaning more toward the apex.

Also, phyllira has deeper pinkish red hindwings than parthenice, whose hindwings are a lighter salmon color. The thin lines (which are veins with light colored scaling) can be present or absent in phyllira. G. parthenice also has a fairly thick pale fringe (concolorous with transverse lines) on the terminal border of FW, whereas phyllira does not.

Lastly, parthenice has a strong pale border (concolorous with transverse lines) along the entire FW inner margin (even merging with terminal fringe), whereas in phyllira this border tapers off just past half way from the base, before reaching the FW tornus.

Long story short, your first instincts were correct. :)

* edit: I should note that G. oithona is a nearly identical western species once considered separate from phyllira, but I'm not entirely sure of it's status yet. Various sources now treat oithona as simply a western population of phyllira, as in Grammia phyllira 'oithona', and they are likely the same species.

Moved from Grammia.

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