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Species Pyrausta aurea - Hodges#5045

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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 Pyraustinae
Tribe Pyraustini
Genus Pyrausta
Species aurea (Pyrausta aurea - Hodges#5045)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
There is confusion as to the author of Pyrausta aurea: several Internet sites give Hampson (1913) as the author (originally placed in genus Pachyzancla), apparently based on specimens from Mexico, while 3 or 4 sites give Butler (1875) as the author, apparently based on specimens from Africa. GBIF lists both authors separately, and gives each name the status of "provisionally accepted name."
author as Hampson: (1, 2)
author as Butler: (1, 2)
southern Arizona to southern Texas, south at least to Costa Rica; also present in southern Nevada, based on BugGuide photo
type specimen collected in Presidio, Mexico
page creation based on identification provided at Moth Photographers Group
Internet References
distribution plus type specimen locality and references (Markku Savela, FUNET)
presence in Arizona; list (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
presence in Costa Rica; list of 35 specimen records with dates and locations (U. of Alberta)