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Species Truncaptera inopinata - Hodges#8027

Two tone moth - Truncaptera inopinata - male Yellow flame c-pillar - Truncaptera inopinata Yellow flame 2 - Truncaptera inopinata Moth - Truncaptera inopinata Cat with head on his rear-end - Truncaptera inopinata Lirimiris truncata? - Truncaptera inopinata Lirimiris truncata? - Truncaptera inopinata Lirimiris truncata - Truncaptera inopinata
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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 Notodontidae (Prominent Moths)
Subfamily Dicranurinae
Genus Truncaptera
Species inopinata (Truncaptera inopinata - Hodges#8027)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Truncaptera inopinata (Draudt) 1932
Lirimiris truncata of authors (not Herrich-Schäffer, 1856)
Phylogenetic sequence # 930140.1
Explanation of Names
Truncaptera inopinata (Draudt, 1932), n. comb. (n. gen.) in Becker (2014:22) (1), is recognized by Becker as the true identity of the species formerly treated as 8027 Lirimiris truncata (Herrich-Schäffer, 1856) in the 1983 Hodges Checklist. Truncata now considered extralimital north of Mexico (2).
The only species in this genus in North America. (3)
Forewing length 26-35 mm. (4)
USA: Pima and Santa Cruz Cos., AZ. - Miller et al. (2021)
Type locality: Colima, Mexico.
Adults fly August to October. (4)
Larvae feed on Thurber's cotton (Gossypium thurberi) in the mallow family (Malvaceae). (4)
Print References
Draudt, M., 1932. Die Gross-Schmetterlinge der Erd, 6: 944.
Pierce, W.D. & A.W. Morrill, 1914. Notes on the entomology of the Arizona wild cotton. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 16: 21
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. pl. 42, fig. 28; p. 252. (4)
Internet References
pinned adult and live larva image [#49] plus larval foodplant (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)(6)
Works Cited
1.Checklist of New World Notodontidae (Noctuoidea)
Becker, V.O. 2014. Lepidoptera Novae, 7(1): 1-40.
2.Noctuoidea, Notodontidae (Part 2, Conclusion): Heterocampinae, Nystaleinae, Dioptinae, Dicranurinae
Miller, J.S., D.L. Wagner, P.A. Opler & J.D. Lafontaine. 2021. The Moths of America north of Mexico, Fascicle 22.1B: 1-443.
3.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 .
4.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
5.North American Moth Photographers Group
6.Moths of Southeast Arizona
7.Butterflies of North America