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Melitara dentata - female

Melitara dentata - Female
Fort Davis, Jeff Davis County, Texas, USA
October 12, 2017
Size: wing length is 22mm
Neunzig '97 says that female Phytitinae with bipectinate antenna are Melitara. He further says on page 54 that only dentata, doddalis & texana also have the PM line strongly dentate (basally, on the anterior 1/3 of pinned specimens). My one measured a strong 22 mm where doddalis & texana are much smaller at 18.0 - 19.5 and 14 - 16 for texana. He also says that dentata occurs in the TX panhandle. Not that far from Ft. Davis. The perfectly round spot near the apex of the hind wing is caused by the scales being much smaller and cause the reflected light to be of a different color. The other smaller one is from a pinning needle. More photos if you would like.

Moved tentatively, I don't have Neunzig's 1997 MONA fascicle
Moved from ID Request.

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