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Species Marathyssa minus - Hodges#8956.1

Marathyssa minus
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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 Euteliidae
Subfamily Euteliinae
Genus Marathyssa
Species minus (Marathyssa minus - Hodges#8956.1)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Marathyssa minus Dyar, 1921
formerly the subspecies Marathyssa inficita minus
Phylogenetic sequence # 931105
Marathyssa includes three species in America north of Mexico. (1)
Texas to Arizona.
Holotype collected in Sabinal, Texas.
Adults are most common from May to August. (2)
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010, p. 129) elevated minus to full species status stating, "DNA barcode data supports the recognition of the phenotypically distinct taxon Marathyssa minus as a species separate from M. inficita of which minus was previously treated as a subspecies." That said, Dyar's original 1921 description provides little in the way of help to separate the two species and images on the BOLD website are primarily of very worn specimens or show underwings only.
See Also
Marathyssa inficita, has overlapping range from Texas to Arizona.
Marathyssa basalis has dorsal tufts on abdomen, Forbes (1954) (3)
Print References
Dyar, H.G. 1921. New American Noctuidae and notes. (Lepidoptera). Insecutor Inscitiae Menstruus, 9: 43 .
Internet References
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.North American Moth Photographers Group
3.Lepidoptera of New York and Neighboring States, Part III [Noctuidae]
William T. M. Forbes . 1954. Cornell University. Agricultural Experiment Station Memoir: Number 329: 1-433.