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Species Psychomorpha epimenis - Grapevine Epimenis - Hodges#9309

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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 Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Agaristinae
Genus Psychomorpha
Species epimenis (Grapevine Epimenis - Hodges#9309)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Psychomorpha epimenis (Drury, 1782)
Phalaena epimenis Drury, 1782
Phylogenetic sequence #931975.00
Explanation of Names
The common name is unusual in that it contains the species epithet; the normal practice is to use the genus name, as in "Grapevine Psychomorpha"
The only Psychomorpha species found north of Mexico. (1)
Psychomorpha epimenis epimenis (Drury, 1782) (1)
Psychomorpha epimenis euryrhoda (Hampson, 1910) (1)
Wingspan 22-27 mm. (2)
Adult - body and wings black; forewing with large white patch; hindwing with large red or orange patch.
e NA (3) - Map (4)
mostly: Mar-June (3),(BG & MPG data)
Larvae feed on the leaves of grape, Vitis (Vitaceae)
Common nectar genera: Forestiera, Prunus, Crataegus, Cercis spp.
See Also
In southern Georgia and Florida, P. epimenis euryrhoda has a red patch that extends almost to the base of the hind wing, covering most of the wing, and was formerly treated as a distinct species.(1)
Print References
Drury, D., 1782. Illustrations of Natural History; wherein are exhibited upwards of two hundred and forty figures of exotic insects according to their different genera. London: White, vol. 3: 39; Pl.29, f.2.
Harris, T.W. 1839. Descriptive catalogue of the North American insects belonging to the Linnean genus Sphinx in the cabinet of Thaddeus William Harris. Amer. J. Sci. Arts, 36 (2): 282-320.
Holland, W.J., 1913. The moth book. 232. (5)
Works Cited
1.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 .
2.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
3.Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas: Lepidoptera of Florida
J.B. Heppner. 2003. Florida Department of Agriculture 17(1): 1-670.
4.North American Moth Photographers Group
5.The Moth Book
W. J. Holland. 1922. Doubleday, Page & Company.