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Species Narthecophora pulverea - Hodges#9731

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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 Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Amphipyrinae
Tribe Stiriini
Subtribe Stiriina
Genus Narthecophora
Species pulverea (Narthecophora pulverea - Hodges#9731)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Narthecophora pulverea Smith, 1900 (1)
Phylogenetic sequence # 931730 (2)
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet pulverea from Latin meaning "powdered." Smith described the moth as "evenly powdered with blackish scales." (1), (3)
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed Narthecophora pulverea as the only member of the genus north of Mexico. (2)
Poole (1989) listed only 1 species in the genus worldwide. (4)
Smith (1900) reported the wingspan 21-23 mm. (1)
Smith (1900) original description in PDF. (1)
Southern California to Arizona. (5)
Lectotype ♀ from Tucson, Arizona, July, in USNM. (1)
The main flight period appears to be July and August.
No information on host or immature stages.
The Lepidopterists' Society Season Summary reports appear to indicate the species has sporadic outbreaks and can be uncommon or absent some years.
See Also
Distinctive forewing pattern unlikely to be confused with other Noctuidae.
Print References
Barnes, W & J.H. McDunnough (6), 1912. Illustrations of rare and typical Lepidoptera. Contributions to the Natural History of the Lepidoptera of North America, The Review Press, 1(4), plate 8, fig. 7.
Holland, W.J.,1903. The Moth Book: A Popular Guide to a Knowledge of the Moths of North America. Doubleday, Page & Company, N.Y., p. 235; plate 28, fig 11. (7)
Smith, J.B. 1900. A hundred new moths of the family Noctuidae. Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 22(1203), 22: 486. (1)
Works Cited
1.A hundred new moths of the family Noctuidae
John B. Smith. 1900. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 22(1203): 413-495.
2.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 .
3.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
4.Noctuidae; Lepidopterorum Catalogus (Lepidopterorum Catalogues New Series Fasc 118) Part 1 & 2)
Poole, R. W. 1989. CRC Press .
5.North American Moth Photographers Group
6.James Halliday McDunnough (1877 -1962) A biographical obituary and bibliography
Douglas C. Ferguson . 1962. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 16(4): 209-228.
7.The Moth Book
W.J. Holland. 1968. Dover.
8.Noctuidae of North America (
9.Moths of Southeast Arizona
10.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems