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Species Ophisma tropicalis - Hodges#8722

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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 Erebinae
Tribe Poaphilini
Genus Ophisma
Species tropicalis (Ophisma tropicalis - Hodges#8722)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ophisma tropicalis Guenée, 1852
Long list of synonyms due to the variations and widespread range.
Phylogenetic sequence # 930968.1
Ophisma tropicalis is the only member of the genus listed for America , north of Mexico. (1)
The species is extremely variable in color and pattern. The white dot at the base of the forewing is distinctive. (2)
North Carolina to Florida and Texas. (3)
Range extends throughout Mexico and the Antilles, south to Argentina. (2)
Adults are most common from May to November. (3)
Heppner (2003) reported Ophisma tropicalis as a stray in Florida. (4)
Larvae reported on Cupania americana L. (wild ackee).
Heppner (2003) reported the host plant as unknown. (4)
Print References
Becker, V.O. & S.E. Miller, 2002. The large moths of Guana Island, British Virgin Islands: A survey of efficient colonizers. (Sphingidae, Notodontidae, Noctuidae, Arctiidae, Geometridae, Hyblaeidae, Cossidae), 29. fig. 61. (2)
Guenée, 1852. Sp. gen. des Lep., 6: 238.
Works Cited
1.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .
2.The large moths of Guana Island, British Virgin. Islands: A survey of efficient colonizers. (Sphingidae, Notodontidae, ...
Vitor O. Becker, Scott E. Miller. 2002. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 56(1): 9-44 .
3.North American Moth Photographers Group
4.Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas: Lepidoptera of Florida
J.B. Heppner. 2003. Florida Department of Agriculture 17(1): 1-670.
5.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems