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Species Stamnodes fervefactaria - Hodges#7354

Unknown 'Moth' or 'Butterfly' - Stamnodes fervefactaria - female Stamnodes - Stamnodes fervefactaria - male Stamnodes - Stamnodes fervefactaria - male Stamnodes - Stamnodes fervefactaria Stamnodes fervefactaria Stamnodes fervefactaria
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Geometroidea (Geometrid and Swallowtail Moths)
Family Geometridae (Geometrid Moths)
Subfamily Larentiinae
Tribe Stamnodini
Genus Stamnodes
Species fervefactaria (Stamnodes fervefactaria - Hodges#7354)
Hodges Number
7354
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
original combination Emplocia fervefactaria Grote, 1881. Type locality: northern New Mexico
Size
forewing length 12 - 15 mm (1)
Identification
Very closely similar to S. deceptiva, but usually found at higher elevations and apparently ranging farther northward. Averaging larger in size. Light coloring variable in hue, often orange above and distinctly pinkish below, or may also be distinctly yellowish. Pattern variable, but usually front wing with light markings near apex forming a "Y" shape, with a distinct trunk below the diverging arms; with outer arm usually not, or only somewhat irregular along outer margin and sometimes strongly reduced or absent; with costa at base of wing yellow to red. Hind wing with large dark zone near costa on outer half of wing wider than tall (following axis of wing).
Range
southern Colorado southward thru New Mexico and Arizona into Mexico
Season
adults fly in summer, mostly in August (1)
Remarks
[note by D.J. Ferguson] As of October 14, 2012, Bold Systems samples under the name of Stamnodes fervefactaria are a mix of two or perhaps three species. Those from Arizona (Cochise & Santa Cruz Counties), and the one labeled as JLB-0273, are S. deceptiva; those from Colorado (El Paso County) are S. fervefactaria; while those from Sonora are most like S. fervefactaria, but have a distinct wing shape with slightly different pattern, and may represent a third species, or perhaps a subspecies.
The same specimens are referenced here
These are all clearly very closely related, and DNA samples will likely be very similar, and perhaps not separable by "barcode" methods.
Specimens shown at the Moth Photographer's Group web page for S. fervefactaria are a mix of S. deceptiva & S. fervefactaria.

Specimens from central Texas are much like both S. deceptiva & S. fervefactaria, but seem to represent a distinct taxon from both.
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page
Moths of Southeastern Arizona - comparison of Stamnodes deceptiva and S. fervefactaria
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.