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Species Meropleon cosmion - Hodges#9425

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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 Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tribe Apameini
Genus Meropleon
Species cosmion (Meropleon cosmion - Hodges#9425)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Meropleon cosmion Dyar, 1924
Meropleon cosmion was designated as the type species for the genus by Ferguson (1982).
Phylogenetic sequence # 932409)
There are 6 named species of Meropleon in America north of Mexico. (1), (2), (3)
Distinguished from the other Meropleon by the strong contrasting white areas of thee forewing. (1)
Southeastern United States with records north to New Jersey and west to Texas. (2), (4), (5), (6), (7)
Lectotype: USA: Louisiana, Elm Park. (Ferguson, 1982)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Records of adults from September to December; add January for Florida.
Larvae feed on stems of: (8), (7)
Sugarcane plumegrass, Erianthus giganteus (Walter) Pers.
Canarygrass, Phalaris L. sp.
Sugarcane, Saccharum officinarum L.
See Also
Compare to related species on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group
Print References
Ferguson, D.C. 1982. A revision of the genus Meropleon Dyar, with descriptions of a new species and subspecies (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Entomography 1: 223-225.