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Species Microthyris prolongalis - Hodges#5264

Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Pyraloidea (Pyralid and Crambid Snout Moths)
Family Crambidae (Crambid Snout Moths)
Subfamily Spilomelinae
Genus Microthyris
Species prolongalis (Microthyris prolongalis - Hodges#5264)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Microthyris prolongalis (Guenée, 1854)
Botys prolongalis Guenée, 1854
Botys agenoralis Walker, 1859
Botys eurytalis Walker, 1859
Botys sectalis Guenée, 1854
Botys scotalis Lederer, 1863
There are three species of the genus Microthyris listed for America, north of Mexico. (1), (2)
Guenée (1854) listed the wingspan as 33 mm.
The hyaline spot is much larger in the females.
Specimen identified by DNA analysis (BOLD). (3)
Heppner (2003) reported the range as Florida, Texas; West Indies, Mexico to Brazil. (4)
Heppner (2003) reported adults in Florida during the months of June, October and December. (4)
Heppner (2003) listed the host plant as unknown. (4)
Holotype ♂ collected in Brazil.
Print References
Druce, H., 1891-1900. Biologia Centrali-Americana. Insecta Lepidoptera Heterocera, 2: 243
Guenée, 1854. in Boisduval & Guenée, Histoire Naturelle des Insectes Spécies Général des Lépidoptères, 8: 353.
Williams, W., 1889. VIII. On the Pyralidina collected in 1874 and 1875 by Dr. J.W.H. Trail in the Basin of the Amazons. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London, 279.
Works Cited
1.Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico.
Hodges, et al. (editors). 1983. E. W. Classey, London. 284 pp.
2.North American Moth Photographers Group
3.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems
4.Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas: Lepidoptera of Florida
J.B. Heppner. 2003. Florida Department of Agriculture 17(1): 1-670.