Noctuidae - Acontiinae


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Pseudalypia crotchii H. Edwards

Pseudalypia crotchii H. Edwards, 1874, Pacific Coast Lepidoptera, 1:111.

Pseudalypia crotchii var. atrata, H. Edwards, 1884, Papilio, 4:121.

Diagnosis: Pseudalypia crotchii is a highly unusual acontiine and is unlikely to be confused with any other species in the subfamily or in the Noctuidae as a whole. The basic color is black. The costa is white. The outer margin of the hindwing has a pure white fringe. Two basic forms of the species exist. Both forms occur in both sexes. The first form has a wide white stripe in the general position of the postmedial line and a white spot at the apex of the forewing.. The second form lacks these white markings. Forewing length from base to apex in one selected individual 11 mm.

Distribution: (Based only on material in the USNM). The species appears to be restricted to southern California.

Identification Quality: Excellent

Larva: Unknown

Foodplants: Unknown

Distribution map based on specimens in the USNM

Pseudalypia crotchii

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