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Palaeophobetron perornata - Hodges #4651 - Paleophobetron perornata - male

Palaeophobetron perornata - Hodges #4651 - Paleophobetron perornata - Male
5 mi. N. Devine, Medina County, Texas, USA
April 28, 2010
Rare stray identified by Ed Knudson, Texas Lepidoptera Survey, Houston, TX.

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Palaeophobetron perornata - Hodges #4651 - Paleophobetron perornata - male Palaeophobetron perornata - Hodges #4651  - Paleophobetron perornata - male

Not a stray! Look for mistletoe for the larva
There have been several earlier reports of the species in Texas and Arizona. In Costa Rica the larva of this species feeds on mistletoe and looks a great deal like the berries (see Janzen & Hallwachs ACG website). Limacodidae are too poor at dispersing to have strays. Also, it is probable that this is a female (the antennae of females of this species are bipectinate like the males: the view of the abdomen in the other photo from the same location looks more like a female as well).

Incredible!
How big is this wonderful creature? I've never seen anything like it, it's beautiful!