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Species Pyromorpha latercula - Hodges#4633

Pyromorpha latercula - male
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Zygaenoidea (Flannel, Slug Caterpillar, Leaf Skeletonizer Moths and kin)
Family Zygaenidae (Leaf Skeletonizer Moths)
Subfamily Procridinae
Genus Pyromorpha
Species latercula (Pyromorpha latercula - Hodges#4633)
Hodges Number
4633
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Pyromorpha latercula (Hy. Edwards 1882) (1)
Lycomorpha latercula Hy. Edwards 1882
Tetraclonia latercula Dyar, 1898 (2), (3)
Numbers
Tetraclonia includes two species in America north of Mexico.
Size
Edwards (1882) listed the wingspan as 20 mm.
Powell & Opler (2009) reported the forewing length as 11-13 mm. (4)
Identification
Edwards (1882) described the adult.
Forewing is brick red with a wide band along outer margin continuing along the outer third of the costa and a narrow band along inner margin. All of a blue-black shade.
Hind wing is blue-black with a brick red band along the costa.
Antennae, head, thorax, and abdomen are blue-black.
Legs are brownish.
Range
Powell & Opler (2009) listed the range as Southeastern Arizona to Mexico City, Mexico. (4)
Lectotype collected: Cochise, Arizona, United States.
Season
Powell & Opler (2009) reported the adults fly in June and July. (4)
Remarks
The adults mimic the beetle Lygistopterus rubripennis which are active during the same time of year.
Print References
Edwards, H. 1882. Descriptions of new species of N. Am. Hetrocera. Papilio, 2: 124.
Dyar, H.G. 1898. New American moths and synonymical notes. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 6(1): 34. (2)
Neumoegen, B. & H.G. Dyar 1894. A preliminary revision of the Bombyces of America north of Mexico. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, 2(1): 64. (3)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America, pl. 21.8, p. 162. (4)
Works Cited
1.Generische Revision der amerikanischen Zygaenidae mit Beschreibung neuer Gattungen und Arten (Insecta: Lepidoptera). Teil 1.
Tarmann, G. 1984. Entomofauna Supplement 2, Vol 1: 1-176.
2.New American moths and synonymical notes
Harrison G. Dyar. 1898. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 6(1): 33-44.
3.A preliminary revision of the Bombyces of America north of Mexico
B. Neumoegen, Harrison G. Dyar. 1893. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, 3(3): 97-208.
4.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
5.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems
6.Moths of Southeast Arizona
7.North American Moth Photographers Group