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Hyalophora gloveri (Sonoran group) - Hyalophora columbia - male

Hyalophora gloveri (Sonoran group) - Hyalophora columbia - Male
Santa Rita Mountains, Madera Canyon, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA
July 31, 1999
Collected at lights (attracted to virgin Hyalophora sp. females)
~3:45 am
5,000-6,000 ft. a.s.l.
Coll. Bill Reynolds, S. Smith & R. Otto
NOTE: the long "euryalus-like" crescents

Examples from this locality

Additional examples from the Sonoran region of se. AZ

Specimen from a naturally occurring "Hyalophora gloveri" pop.
Hyalophora specimens from southern Arizona often possess characters that are seemingly more congruent with euryalus than with gloveri or often very intermediate between the two (gloveri x euryalus). There has been speculation, these moths may in fact be part of a cline involving a greater species complex composed of columbia, gloveri and euryalus.

NOTE: The individual above is similar in size and appearance to lab produced hybrids (gloveri x euryalus) as seen below.


As mentioned above, many of the gloveri in s. Arizona seem to possess traits seen in both gloveri & euryalus (color and pattern).

The size and shape of the crescents are particularly variable!

Another Madera Canyon "gloveri"
(Note the short columbia-like crescents)

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