Condica claufacta (Walker)
Diagnosis: This is the species listed as Platysenta cervina in Hodges et al. (1983). Xylina claufacta Walker has been previously incorrectly listed as a synonym of Condica sutor Guenée. Condica claufacta has a distinctive smooth, almost velvety, deep rusty-red appearance. All of the maculation is obscure. The postmedial line may appear as a series of parallel black dots. The reniform spot is rarely visible, but in rare cases may be marked by a small and obscure dull white spot. The male hindwing is white except for some dark brown suffusion along the inner and outer margins. The female hindwing is uniformly dark brown.
Distribution: Condica claufacta is known only
from Florida. The species has been collected as far north as Gadsden County
near the Georgia border and as far south as Dade County. There is a single
specimen in the USNM labeled "San Antonia, Tex.". This species
is only known from Florida and has not been collected by either E. Knudson
or A. Blanchard. This specimen, therefore, is probably mislabeled and
has been omitted from the distribution map. The sexual dimorphism of the
hindwing color was already discussed. Individual variation does not appear
to be significant in this species.
Identification Quality: Excellent
The North American sister species of claufacta is morsa, although the two species are superficially very different. The male genitalia are very similar. The clasper of claufacta has the expanded apex as in morsa, but the apex is larger and more triangular in shape. The vesica of the aedoeagus is nearly identical to that of morsa except that one of the two ventral diverticula (as in viewed in the figure) has denticulations that are absent in morsa. The female genitalia are distinctive. In particular the intersegmental membrane on either side of the ostium is heavily sclerotized and invaginated into two lateral pockets. The corpus bursae is elongate-ovate and there is a large signa consisting of a large, sclerotized, denticulate patch with a lateral ridge on it. The ductus bursae is short and triangular.