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Species Desmia ploralis - Hodges#5167

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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
Tribe Nomophilini
Genus Desmia
Species ploralis (Desmia ploralis - Hodges#5167)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Desmia ploralis (Guenée, 1854)
Aediodes ploralis Guenée, 1854
Desmia propinqualis Möschler, [1882]
Desmia repandalis Schaus, 1920
Explanation of Names
Desmia ploralis (Guenée, 1854) includes as synonyms, propinqualis Möschler, [1882] and repandalis Schaus, 1920 in Munroe, (1995:66).
USA: Florida.
Type Locality (ploralis): French Guiana, Cayenne.
Type Locality (propinqualis): Suriname, Paramaribo.
Type Locality (repandalis): Guatemala, Chejel.
Hampson (1912) described deploralis as sexually dimorphic with HW white median band of females divided by a black line vs. a solid line in males. It would seem that ploralis is sexually dimorphic too though this seems contradicted by the description in Möschler, [1882] of propinqualis, a current synonym of ploralis, based on what he lists as a male specimen. Möschler's description and illustration seem to match that of female deploralis. There are plenty of examples of authors incorrectly stating the sex of type specimens. Could have just been a typo. - Steve Nanz (1/9/2021)
Print References
Guenée, M. A. 1854: Deltoïdes et Pyralites. Pp. 1–448. – In: Boisduval, J. B. A. D. de & M. A. Guenée, Histoire Naturelle des Insectes. Species Général des Lépidoptères 8 8: 192
Möschler, 1881. Beiträge zur Schmetterlings-Fauna von Surinam. IV. Verhandlungen der Kaiserlich-Königlichen Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien, 31: 430; pl. 18, fig. 37.
Munroe, E.G., 1995. Crambidae (Crambinae, Schoenobiinae, Cybalomiinae, Linostinae, Glaphyriinae, Dichogaminae, Scopariinae, Musotiminae, Midilinae, Nymphulinae, Odontiinae, Evergestinae, Pyraustinae). In J.B. Heppner (ed.), The Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera. Checklist: Part 2. Association for Tropical Lepidoptera and Scientific Publishers, Gainesville, 3: 34-79.
Schaus, W., 1920. New species of Neotropical Pyraustinae (Lepid.). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 22(7–8): 183.