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Species Melipotis agrotoides - Hodges#8608

WBC owlet moth - Melipotis agrotoides - male Melipotis agrotoides (Walker) - Melipotis agrotoides - male Melipotis agrotoides Melipotis agrotoides Melipotis agrotoides? - Melipotis agrotoides
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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 Erebidae
Subfamily Erebinae
Tribe Melipotini
Genus Melipotis
Species agrotoides (Melipotis agrotoides - Hodges#8608)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Melipotis agrotoides (Walker, [1858]
Bolina agrotoides Walker [1858]
Phylogenetic sequence # 930879 (1)
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed thirteen species of the genus Melipotis in America north of Mexico. (1)
Southern Texas to South America.(2)
Type Locality: Venezuela
See Also
Ed Knudson stated "These two similar species are often misidentified.
The males are easier to separate as in agrotoides, there is a large square shaped pale patch on the basal fw, and in novanda this patch is more trapezoidal and smaller.
In agrotoides the black hw band stops before the anal angle, in novanda it usually continues into the anal angle.
Females may need to be dissected in some cases.
However, agrotoides is confined to the LRGV, whereas novanda occurs from there west to AZ."
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.Illustrated Checklist of the Lepidoptera of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas, Vol. 2B: Macro-Moths
Ed Knudson & Charles Bordelon. 2004. Texas Lepidoptera Survey, Houston. xiv + 59 pp. 20 plates.
3.North American Moth Photographers Group
4.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems