Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cropia connecta (Smith, 1894)
Chytonix connecta Smith, 1894
Dyops striata Druce, 1898
Schaus, 1906 (1)
Phylogenetic sequence # 931642
2 species in genus - Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) (2)
, Lafontaine & Schmidt (2015) (1)
Smith (1894) listed a wingspan of 37 mm.
Smith (1894) original description as Chytonix connecta can be viewed online from the print references.
Schaus (1906) original description as Eudipna templada: "Antennte serrate and ciliate. Primaries brown-grey, finely irrorated over a lighter ground, which appears irregularly. Lines single, finely waved, black, pale edged without, the black part obsolete below submedian vein; claviform orbicular and reniform concolorous, narrowly dark outlined, the reniform with small white specks without; subterminal line irregular, wavy, broken, narrowly pale, inclining to be divided into spots; a diffuse white subapical shade; a black patch below it between veins 4 and 5; a terminal black line and venular white points. Secondaries blackish brown with white specks before the margin mesially; fringe apically pale, spotted with brown mesially; a terminal broken black line. Below light brownish, brown irrorate; two common dark brown mesial lines inclosing the discal dots, those of fore wings marked with black on costa and with four costo-apical white dots, of hind wing, widely excurved mesially, the outer produced crenulate between the veins."
Southern Texas, Arizona and Mexico. (3)
BOLD and Moth Photographers Group show Florida records; Heppner (2003)(5)
did not list it for Florida.
Holotype ♀ from "Texas"
Late season flight mainly in October and November. (form templada)
A. DC. (anacahuita or Mexican olive). (6)
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2015) determined that Cropia templada
is a form of C. connecta
Schaus, W., 1906. Descriptions of new South American moths. Proceedings of the United States National Museum
Smith, J.B., 1894. Descriptions of new genera and species of Noctuidae. Transactions of the American Entomological Society
, 21: p. 42
; plate 4. fig. 2.
Wagner, D.L., Schweitzer, D.F, Sullivan, J.B., & R.C. Reardon. 2011. Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America
. Princeton University Press. p. 324. (6) preview page with larva photo