Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Gloveria gargamelle (Strecker, 1884)
Lasiocampa gargamelle Strecker, 1884
* phylogenetic sequence #223925
Explanation of Names
Named for the character from François Rabelais' Gargantua and Pantagruel
. Gargamelle was the daughter of the king of the Parpaillons (butterflies
, in some parts of France) and the mother of Gargantua.
Wingspan: ♀ 100 mm, ♂ 60 mm.
Forewing length: ♀ 3.5-4.3 cm, ♂ 2.8-2.9 cm. (1)
Adult - female forewing dark gray mixed with pale gray scales; AM and PM lines black, almost straight; subterminal line jagged, irregular; small white discal spot close to AM line; male forewing dark brown except for large pale gray patch in median area, extending to ST line; hindwing dark brown in both sexes, with male having pale gray PM band; fringe pale gray to whitish; male antennae pectinate; female antennae simple.
Central Arizona to western Texas. (1)
Adults fly from July to Oct.
Larvae feed on the leaves of several oaks. (1)
Favored food plant in central New Mexico is Apache Plume - Falugia paradoxa
Adult males fly late afternoon, females nocturnal. (1)
Franclemont, J.G. 1973. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 20.1: p.70, pl.7.7-12 (2)
Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. pl.34.3m, 34.4f, p.235 (1)
Strecker, F.H.H. 1885. Description of new species of North American Heterocera. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philad. 36: 286
pinned adult female and male
and live larva
images taken from this page
(Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeast Arizona)
presence in Utah; list
(Joel Johnson, Utah Lepidopterists Society)
plus type specimen locality, distribution, references (Markku Savela, FUNET)