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Species Ptichodis herbarum - Common Ptichodis - Hodges#8750

Southern Ptichodis ? - Ptichodis herbarum Digrammia? - Ptichodis herbarum Ptichodis herbarum Hodges #8750 - Common Ptichodes Moth - Ptichodis herbarum - male Mocis texana or  - Ptichodis herbarum Common Ptichodis - Ptichodis herbarum - female Ptichodis herbarum  - Ptichodis herbarum - male 6/14/2022 - Ptichodis herbarum - female
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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 Euclidiini
Genus Ptichodis
Species herbarum (Common Ptichodis - Hodges#8750)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ptichodis herbarum (Guenée, 1852)
Poaphila herbarum Guenee, 1852
Phylogenetic sequence # 930932 (1)
There are seven species of Ptichodis found north of Mexcio.(1)
Wingspan about 30 mm.
"This is a sexually dimorphic species. Females are plainly marked with relatively straight am. and pm. lines. Males have a black spot near the wing base and the am. and pm. lines have a strong curve or abrupt bend and there is a lot of dark shading next to the lines. Both sexes have the large, ghosty-pale reniform spot – unlike any other Ptichodis" Don Lafontaine
Specimen identified by DNA analysis (BOLD). (2)
Heppner (2003) listed the range as New York and Illinois to Florida and Texas. (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), (9)
Moth Photographers Group - large range map with collection dates.
Adults usually fly from March to October.
Heppner (2003) reports February to June, September, December for Florida.
See records on the Moth Photographers Group range map linked above.
Heppner (2003) listed the larval host as Lespedeza sp. (Leguminosae). (9)
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Some of the Mocis species are similar.
Print References
Guenee, 1852. Histoire Naturelle des Insectes, Species General des Lepidopteres. 7: 303