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Species Thaumatopsis magnificus - Hodges#5440

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Pyraloidea (Pyralid and Crambid Snout Moths)
Family Crambidae (Crambid Snout Moths)
Subfamily Crambinae (Crambine Snout Moths)
Tribe Crambini (Grass-Veneers)
Genus Thaumatopsis
Species magnificus (Thaumatopsis magnificus - Hodges#5440)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Thaumatopsis magnifica (alternate spelling)
described in 1891 by Fernald, who originally placed it in genus Propexus
wingspan about 25 mm, based on photo by Jim Vargo at MPG
Adult: forewing long and slender with pointed apex, color dull yellow with thick white stripes running length of wing; main stripe begins near base in upper half of wing and splits into two in AM area, each branch splitting again in PM area; another stripe begins near base in lower half of wing and runs straight to anal angle; hindwing uniformly white and very large, about three times width of forewing
New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado
adults fly in June and July
See Also
T. bolterellus forewing has dark gray lines between white stripes; T. fernaldella and T. floridalis forewings have only one white stripe edged with black scales; Loxocrambus awemensis forewing has thin white lines, not thick stripes (compare images of these and related species at MPG here and here)
Peoria tetradella is smaller (wingspan about 18 mm) and forewing is grayish with thinner stripes (see image by Jim Vargo at MPG)
Internet References
pinned adult image by Jim Vargo (Moth Photographers Group)
distribution and dates (Frank Haimbach, Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia,