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Species Melipotis acontioides - Royal Poinciana Moth - Hodges#8610

Melipotis acontioides Melipotis acontioides moth - Melipotis acontioides Royal Ponciana Moth, #8610 - Melipotis acontioides moth - Melipotis acontioides Found a moth spreading its wings on a flower of Palo Verde tree late at night  - Melipotis acontioides moth - Melipotis acontioides Noctuidae? - Melipotis acontioides
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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 Erebinae
Tribe Melipotini
Genus Melipotis
Species acontioides (Royal Poinciana Moth - Hodges#8610)
Hodges Number
8610
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Melipotis acontioides (Guenée, 1852)
Bolina acontioides Guenée, 1852
Melipotis sinualis Harvey, 1877
Melipotis producta Hayes, 1975
* phylogenetic sequence #930881
Numbers
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed thirteen species of the genus Melipotis in America north of Mexico. (1)
Size
Wingspan about 43 mm.
Range
Texas, Arizona.(2), (3)
Food
Larval host in Arizona is blue palo verde (Parkisonia florida) (Moths of Southeastern Arizona) and Jerusalem thorn (Parkinsonia aculeata) in Texas.
Life Cycle
Larvae feed at night and pupate in loose cocoons in leaf litter (Sonoran Desert Naturalist).