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Species Mycterophora longipalpata - Long-palped Mycterophora - Hodges#8415

Mycterophora longipalpata - male Lonp-palped Mycterophora - Mycterophora longipalpata - female Mycterophora longipalpata - female 6027717 Geometrid - Mycterophora longipalpata - male Long-palped Mycterophora Moth - Mycterophora longipalpata - male Moth for ID - Mycterophora longipalpata Mycterophora longipalpata - male Mycterophora longipalpata - female
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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 Boletobiinae
Tribe Boletobiini
Genus Mycterophora
Species longipalpata (Long-palped Mycterophora - Hodges#8415)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
the genus Mycterophora has been placed in at least five subfamilies by various authors at various times, such as:
Rivulinae [Hodges, 1983]
Ophiderinae [Poole, 1989]
Calpinae [Kitching and Rawlins, 1999]
Hypeninae [CBIF, 2003]
Boletobiinae [All-Leps, 2006] - this is the classification followed at BugGuide
one of 5 species in this genus in North America listed at All-Leps
wingspan estimate 22-28 mm, based on photo of unnamed species by Jim Vargo, and data on M. inexplicata at U. of Alberta
Adult: broad-winged grayish-brown moth resembling a geometrid (and originally placed in family Geometridae); forewing heavily speckled, somewhat blotchy, crossed by three slightly wavy indistinct lines; PM line with very small teeth, almost smooth; reniform spot black, kidney-shaped; orbicular spot black, oval, small; slightly paler yellowish-brown strip along costa does not extend past PM line; hindwing color and pattern similar to forewing, with black discal lunule; male antennae broadly pectinate, sexes otherwise similar
British Columbia to California
woodlands; adults are nocturnal and come to light
adults fly in July and August in California
See Also
M. inexplicata is similar but occurs from the Rockies eastward, apparently not overlapping the range of M. longipalpata, which occurs west of the Rockies. In M. inexplicata the pale yellowish strip along the costa of the forewing extends from the base almost to the apex, and the PM lines on forewing and hindwing are scalloped or at least more conspicuously toothed than in M. longipalpata (compare images of both species at CBIF)
M. rubricans forewing is paler with scattered whitish patches, and its hindwing is shaded with white (see pinned adult image at CDFA)
other western species of Mycterophora probably do not occur north of California, as their names are missing from Oregon State's list of Noctuidae and the Moths of Canada site
Internet References
pinned adult image and technical description (California Dept. of Food and Agriculture)
overview of M. inexplicata (Strickland Entomological Museum, U. of Alberta)
adult collection dates and localities in California (U. of California at Berkeley)
presence in Oregon; list (Oregon State U.)
distribution in Canada British Columbia only (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)
classification in subfamily Rivulinae by Hodges, 1983 (Markku Savela, FUNET)
classification in subfamily Ophiderinae by Poole, 1989, and in subfamily Calpinae by Kitching and Rawlins, 1999 (Brian Pitkin et al, Butterflies and Moths of the World)
classification in subfamily Hypeninae by CBIF, 2003 (Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility)