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Species Matigramma emmilta - Hodges#8680.2

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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 Omopterini
Genus Matigramma
Species emmilta (Matigramma emmilta - Hodges#8680.2)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Matigramma emmilta Franclemont, 1986
Phylogenetic sequence # 931011 (1)
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 7 species of the genus in America north of Mexico.(1)
Franclemont (1986) llisted the forewing length 16-19 mm. (2)
Franclemont (1986) mentions the larvae are similar to some species of Zale.(2)
Arizona to Texas.
Mountain canyons, deserts.
The flight period appears to be February to October. (3)
Franclemont (1986) reported the larvae feed on Chrysothamnus sp. (rabbitbrush).
See Also
M. pulverlinea and inopinata forewings lack reddish shading, whereas M. rubrosuffusa appears more uniformly reddish (lacks contrasting gray shade lines in median and subterminal areas.
Don Lafontaine states that of the two reddish brown Matigramma in Arizona, "rubrosuffusa is common only in eastern (White Mountains) and central (Prescott area, Flagstaff) Arizona (very rare in SE AZ) and the similar emmilta is common from southeast Arizona to west Texas." (4)
Print References
Franclemont, J.G. 1986. New species and new genera of noctuids from Arizona, Texas, and Mexico: the genera Matigramma and Acritogramma (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Catocalinae). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society, 59(1): 155 (PDF)