Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Melipotis fasciolaris (Hübner, 1823)
Phylogenetic sequence #930870
Explanation of Names
FASCIOLARIS: from the Latin "fasciola", diminutive of "fascia" (a bandage or band) [in zoology, a short or narrow band of color]; presumably refers to the pale diagonal band on the male's forewing, and is the origin of the common name Fasciolated Melipotis
occur in America north of Mexico.(1)
Wingspan 33-43 mm, based on several Internet specimen photos.
Adult: sexually dimorphic - male has pale whitish to yellowish diagonal band in AM area of forewing; female basal area of forewing entirely light yellowish-brown; remainder of forewing dark brown in both sexes except for slightly lighter subterminal area and large pale reniform spot with smoothly-rounded outer margin; outline of reniform spot diffuse, not sharply defined; PM line zigzagged but inconspicuous/faint
hindwing black with large white basal patch and white strips along outer margin in anal angle and apical areas.
Southern United States (Georgia and Florida west through Texas to California) and south through tropics to Uruguay.
Adults may be found resting on the ground but are difficult to spot among dead leaves; when flushed, they fly a short distance and may be approached closely if done slowly with no sudden movements.
Adults may be present all year throughout range but are most numerous in summer.
Larvae feed on leaves of mesquite
spp.) and presumably other plants in the southeastern states where mesquite is not present.
M. indomita has a pale gray subterminal area and two triangular "teeth" along outer margin of reniform spot
M. perpendicularis has a distinct and sinuous PM line and a whiter and more sharply-defined reniform spot
Lafontaine J. D., and B. C. Schmidt 2010. Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America North of Mexico. p. 34.(1)
Moth Photographers Group
- map with some collection dates, photos of living and pinned adults.
pinned adult image
of male and female, plus synonyms, foodplant in Puerto Rico, distribution, seasonality (Pierre Zagatti, Moths of the French Antilles)
pinned adult images
of male and female half-specimens, plus synonyms and distribution (Matthew Barnes, Moths of the Grenadines)
pinned adult images of male
(Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
and distinguishing characteristics of similar species (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
presence in California; list
(U. of California at Berkeley)
presence in Georgia; citation
by Lance Durden in 2000 (Lepidopterists Society Season Summary, U. of Florida)