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Species Micrathetis triplex - Triplex Cutworm Moth - Hodges#9644

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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 Condicinae
Tribe Condicini
Genus Micrathetis
Species triplex (Triplex Cutworm Moth - Hodges#9644)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Micrathetis triplex (Walker, 1857); TL: Hoduras.
Laphygma triplex Walker, 1857, List spec. lepid. insects colln. Br. Mus., 11: 721.
Laphygma spilomela Walker, 1865, List spec. lepid. insects colln. Br. Mus.: 648; TL: St. Domingo.
Galgula contraria Herrich-Schäffer, 1868, Corresp.-Blatt Zool.-Min. Ver. Regensburg, 22: 153.
Caradrina conviva Harvey, 1876, Canad. Ent., 8: 6; TL: [Texas].
Caradrina subaquila Harvey, 1878, Canad. Ent., 10: 57; TL: Texas, Bostrop Co.
Athetis minuscula Barnes & McDunnough, 1913, Contrib. Nat. Hist. Lepid. N. Am., 2(3): 115; TL: Texas, Brownsville.
Micrathetis pallidegrisea Strand, 1916, Arch. Naturgeschichte, 81(11): 161.
Micrathetis obscurebrunnea Strand, 1916, Arch. Naturgeschichte, 81(11): 162.
Micrathetis benjamini Draudt, 1926, Gross- Schmetterlinge der Erde, 7: 262, pl. 38, row b; TL: Mexico, Guerrero; Orizaba; Misantla; Zacualpan; Tehuacan.
Micrathetis obscureobrunnea McDunnough, 1938, Mem. South. Calif. Acad. Sci., 1: 96. (spelling?)
* Phylogenetic sequence #932031.
Three Micrathetis species are found in America north of Mexico.(1)
Wingspan 15-24 mm.
Adult: male forewing pale yellowish to light brown with prominent dark gray reniform spot; PM line composed of double row of blackish dots; scattered dark dots and speckling in basal half of wing; female forewing darker brown than male's with less noticeable reniform spot; fringe gray to blackish; hindwing white, shading to brownish-gray distally; terminal line thin, dark; fringe white.
Widespread across the southern United States from California to Florida and north in the east to Ontario.
Also occurs in West Indies, Mexico. to South America.
Moth Photographers Group - large range map with collection dates.
Most records are from May-September except year round in Florida and California. MPG
Type locality: Honduras.
See Also
In (or around) Arizona it may be somewhat difficult to separate from Micrathetis new-species.

M. costiplaga has a paler forewing and less distinct spots except for dark triangular patch half-way along costa connecting to reniform spot; it also has reddish-brown shading in subterminal area, and a uniformly pale gray hindwing.

some species of Caradrina have similar color and pattern on forewing, but usually have a noticeable orbicular spot and darker subterminal and/or terminal areas
Print References
Walker, F. 1857. Noctuidae. List of the specimens of lepidopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum 11: 721
Internet References
pinned adult image and other info (Pierre Zagatti, Catalogue of Lepidoptera of the French Antilles)
pinned adult image and other info (Matthew Barnes, Moths of Jamaica)
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 .