Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Melipotis perpendicularis (Guenée, 1852)
Bolina perpendicularis Guenée, 1852
Bolina marmoraris Guenee, 1852
Achaea indistincta Butler, 1878
Melipotis stygialis Grote, 1878
Bolina sphaerita Moschler, 1880
Bolina limitata Moschler, 1886
* phylogenetic sequence #930869
Wingspan 35-40 mm.
Larvae to 33 mm (Crumb, 1956).
Arizona, Texas, Florida (Crumb, 1956).
Larval host in Arizona is hopbush
) (Crumb, 1956). That species also occurs in Florida but not within the range of the species in Texas where perhaps some other species in the Sapindaceae may be the host (e.g. soapberry, Sapindus
spp., or ???).
Males are often very similar to Indomitable Melipotis
), but can be distinguished by the following combination of characters:
-- The dark patch between the pale reniform spot and median band is more squarish. (It has been likened to the peak-headed profile of a gorilla, rather than the rounded head of a manatee.)
-- The pale reniform spot lacks the sharp tooth on the outer margin as shown on indomita.
-- The thin black line on the outer edge of the reniform spot is continuous on perpendicularis but broken into a series of dashes and an inverted V on indomita.
Crumb, S. E. 1956. The larvae of the Phalaenidae. USDA Technical Bulletin 1135: 273
Guenée, A. 1852. Histoire naturelle des insectes Lep. 7, Noctuelites 3: 65
Moth Photographers Group
- photograph of pinned adult and related species for comparison
Melipotis perpendicularis in Louisiana
- PDF by Vernon Antoine Brou Jr. with figures of four male and four female phenotypes