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Species Plusiodonta compressipalpis - Moonseed Moth - Hodges#8534

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Erebidae
Subfamily Calpinae (Fruit-piercing Moths)
Tribe Calpini
Genus Plusiodonta
Species compressipalpis (Moonseed Moth - Hodges#8534)
Hodges Number
8534
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Plusiodonta compressipalpis Guenée, 1852
Phylogenetic sequence # 930622
Numbers
Two described Plusiodonta species are listed for America north of Mexico. (1)
Size
Wingspan 25-33 mm. (2)
Identification
Adult: forewing grayish-brown with brown shading and distinctive gold loops in basal and anal areas; median shading tapers downward, ending in a large scale tuft projecting from inner margin; hindwing yellowish-brown (2) AM and PM lines double, with blue tint in fresh specimens
Range
AZ-FL-QC-NE - Map (MPG)(3)
Season
Adults are most often reported from April to September. (3)
Food
larvae feed on Common Moonseed (Menispermum canadense) (2) and presumably some related plant in Arizona where Common Moonseed doesn't occur
See Also
Plusiodonta amado which occurs in southern Arizona.
Print References
Covell, p. 161, plate 39 #11. (2)
Powell, J.A., and P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. pl. 43.22m; p. 256.(4)
Works Cited
1.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .
2.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.
3.North American Moth Photographers Group
4.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.