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Species Telphusa perspicua - Hodges#1858.2

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Gelechioidea (Twirler Moths and kin)
Family Gelechiidae (Twirler Moths)
Subfamily Gelechiinae
Tribe Litini
Genus Telphusa
Species perspicua (Telphusa perspicua - Hodges#1858.2)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Telphusa perspicua (Walsingham, 1897)
Gelechia perspicua Walsingham, 1897

(Adapted loosely from Walsingham’s original 1897 description(1).) Long upturned palpi dark with some pale banding; top of head typically pale gray; fresh specimens have four to five dorsal scale tufts on the thorax and forewings, these typically brown to blackish often mixed with white; wide dark oblique basal band on forewings usually very evident, highlighted distally by a white edge or white patch; median area with an irregular blackish to dark brown blotch; postmedian area with a spindle-shaped or triangular dark patch, pointed rearward; distal part of forewing patchy dark and light but usually with a pale patch at the anal angle including the fringe; fresh specimens can show irridescent green in several patches on the forewing, most prominently on the distal side of the oblique basal band.
North Carolina and Florida to central Texas; Panama (BugGuide, iNaturalist, SCAN). Type locality: Haiti.
Nearly year-round, with major flight period in April-June; almost certainly multi-brooded.
Print References
Walsingham, Lord. 1897. Revision of the West-Indian Micro-Lepidoptera with descriptions of new species. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 1897: 72–73(1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Revision of the West-Indian micro-lepidoptera, with descriptions of new species.
Lord Walsingham. 1897. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 1897: 54-183.