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Species Gnophaela aequinoctialis - Hodges#8035

Gnophaela aequinoctialis (Walker) - Gnophaela aequinoctialis - female Gnophaela sp. - Gnophaela aequinoctialis Gnophaela aequinoctialis
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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 Erebidae
Subfamily Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths)
Tribe Arctiini (Tiger Moths)
Subtribe Pericopina
Genus Gnophaela
Species aequinoctialis (Gnophaela aequinoctialis - Hodges#8035)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Gnophaela aequinoctialis (Walker)
Orig. Comb: Dioptis aequinoctialis Walker, 1854
Explanation of Names
aequinoctialis - Latin for 'equal night' (1)
se AZ to c. TX / Mex. to S. Amer. - Map - BAMONA
First US record per Kendall (1974), "While collecting in Panther Canyon above Landa Park, New Braunfels, Comal County, Texas, W. W. McGuire took one female on 9 April 1972. This specimen is now in the collection of Andre Blanchard of Houston, Texas."
Apparently rare, it hasn't been seen in Texas in 25 years (Charles Bordelon, pers. comm. to MAQ, March 2007)
Print References
Kendall, R.O. 1974. Two moth species (Pericopidae and Notodontidae) new to Texas and the United States. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 28(3): 243-245. (Full PDF)
Internet References
Texas Entomology - Mike Quinn, 2007
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.