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Species Melipotis prolata - Prolata Melipotis - Hodges#8606

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Classification
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 prolata (Prolata Melipotis - Hodges#8606)
Hodges Number
8606
Numbers
presumably uncommon, judging from scarcity of Internet records
Size
wingspan about 38 mm, based on specimen by Jim Vargo at MPG
Identification
Adult: forewing of male dark brown inside PM line, and dark gray beyond it, with purplish sheen in fresh specimens (entire wing may look almost black, depending on light); lines indistinct - ST line jagged, AM line a slightly irregular shallow curve; reniform spot large, indistinct, slightly paler toward middle; terminal line composed of several pale dots; hindwing black with large white basal patch and white terminal line, broken in middle by black
female pattern similar but lighter grayish-brown with no black
Range
currently restricted to Florida
Habitat
adults are nocturnal and attracted to light
Season
possibly flies all year in Florida
Food
unknown
Remarks
only one photo and almost no information could be found on this species on the Internet as of April 2006; page creation based on James Adams' identification of this image
See Also
other Melipotis species have more prominent pattern on forewing (see comparison images of several species at MPG)
Internet References
pinned adult image of female by Jim Vargo, plus common name reference (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult images of similar species by various photographers (Moth Photographers Group)
US distribution map (Moths of North America, USGS)