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Species Tallula watsoni - Watson's Tallula Moth - Hodges#5592

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Pyraloidea (Pyralid and Crambid Snout Moths)
Family Pyralidae (Pyralid Moths)
Subfamily Epipaschiinae
Genus Tallula
Species watsoni (Watson's Tallula Moth - Hodges#5592)
Hodges Number
5592
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Tallula watsoni Barnes & McDunnough, 1917
Phylogenetic sequence #166200
Size
Wingspan: 17-22 mm [cite:1179096]
Identification
Habitus Drawing (1)
Life Cycle
Caterpillars are known to inhabit the web of a spider, the Social Cobweb Weaver, Anelosimus studiosus. The web is thought to provide the caterpillar protection while it feeds on leaves, and sometimes twigs (1)
Remarks
T. watsoni is found in extreme coastal Georgia, much of Florida and the southern tip of Texas. The am. line is typically fairly straight whereas in atrifascialis it is angled outwardly below the cell giving the am. band a more constricted appearance. See Barnes & McDunnough (1917), p. 220 and pl. 18, fig. 6. Most of the MPG images for watsoni were actually atrifascialis and have been moved. BOLD likewise has several misplaced atrifascialis on the species page for watsoni. - Steve Nanz 6/24/2018
See Also
Tallula atrifascialis - see Remarks above.
Print References
Barnes, W. & J.H. McDunnough, 1917. Contributions to the Natural History of the Lepidoptera of North America. 3(4): 220; pl. 18, fig. 6.
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – images of live and pinned adults (2)
BOLD Systems - images of pinned DNA supported specimens (3)
Discover Life – species page
Butterfly and Moths of North America - species page [cite:1179096]