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Species Bagisara repanda - Wavy Lined Mallow Moth - Hodges#9168

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Bagisarinae
Genus Bagisara
Species repanda (Wavy Lined Mallow Moth - Hodges#9168)
Hodges Number
9168
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Bagisara repanda (Fabricius, 1793)
Phylogenetic sequence # 931240
Explanation of Names
REPANDA: from the Latin "re" (back) + "pandis" (bent); repand means "having an uneven, slightly wavy margin" [Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1983] - probably refers to the lines on the forewing, and is the origin of the suggested common name above
Numbers
Twelve Bagisara species are found in America, north of Mexico. (1)
Size
wing length 10-12 mm
Identification
Adult: forewing shows darkening at the reniform spot and also some dark shading of the three lines; outer margin slightly angulate (not smoothly rounded); male foretibia and forefemur with large dense black-tipped scale tufts
Range
Southern United States from South Carolina to Florida, west to Texas, south to Argentina. (2), (3)
Season
in Lousiana, most adults are found from late August to November, with peak numbers in September; flies all year in the tropics and perhaps in Florida
Food
larvae feed on Sida spp. and possibly other plants in the mallow family (Malvaceae)
See Also
Straight Lined Mallow Moth (Bagisara rectifascia) forewing shows no darkening at the reniform spot and no noticeable dark shading of the three lines; outer margin rounded; male foretibia and forefemur without black-tipped scale tufts
Bob Patterson noted "...photos of B. rectifascia are apt to appear glossy or washed out, while those of B. repanda tend to come out much darker overall."
9168 B. repanda - Forewing st. line typically meets the inner margin slightly before the anal angle. See distribution. "Male foretibia and forefemur with large, dense, black-tipped scale tufts; outer margin of forewing slightly angulate." (Ferguson, 1997).
9169 B. rectifascia - Forewing st. line typically meets the inner margin at the anal angle. See distribution. "Male foretibia and forefemur without large scale tufts; outer margin of forewing not angulate." (Ferguson, 1997).
9170 B. pacifica - Forewing st. line typically meets the inner margin at the anal angle. See distribution. May require dissection in Texas where rectifascia is also present. "Male foretibia and forefemur without large scale tufts; outer margin of forewing not angulate." (Ferguson, 1997).
Print References
Ferguson, D.C., 1997. Review of the New World Bagisarinae with description of two new species from the southern United States (Noctuidae). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society. 51(4): 344-357. (4)
Internet References
pinned adult image from Jamaica (Matthew Barnes, Moths of Jamaica)
pinned adult image from the French Antilles (Pierre Zagatti, Catalogue of Lepidoptera of French Antilles)
pinned adult image (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
larval foodplant plus distribuion map, links to images, synonyms, references (Markku Savela, FUNET)
presence in South Carolina; county map (John Snyder, Furman U., South Carolina)