Noctuidae - Condicinae - Condicini




Condica new species 4

Diagnosis: Condica new species 4 represents the Mexican and Central American member of a species complex centered around Condica abida (Felder and Rogenhofer). Almost all of the species of the abida species complex are characterized by a dark brick-red forewing color with a white spot in the lower end of the reniform spot and an irregular set of light yellow or white patches along the subterminal line and outer margin. This species complex includes at least six undescribed species in addition to abida and new species 4. The differences between the species of this complex are to be found primarily in the shape vesica of the male genitalia and the arrangement or absence of denticules in the vesica. In Mexico and Central America there appear to be two species, this one and a second undescribed species characterized by a much darker forewing and a weaker development of the light markings of the forewing. Condica new species 4 occurs throughout most of Mexico and Central America and in the United States has been taken just across the Mexican border in Hidalgo County, Texas. In the vesica of the male genitalia, there is a large field of denticules near the base of the vesica. In all of the other species of this complex I have so far seen the denticules are either absent, or are concentrated in a distinct bar near the base of the vesica.

Distribution: This species is found in Mexico and Central America. It has been taken as far north as the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge on the Mexican border in southeastern Texas. The range continues southward in eastern Mexico through Guatemala. The southern most known specimens are from Costa Rica, but I would not be suprised to see it collected in Panama as well. The single US specimen was collected in November. Dates or collection in Mexico and Central and Mexico appear to be scattered throughout the year.

Identification Quality: Excellent

Larva: Unknown

Foodplants: Unknown

Condica new species 4


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