Condica concisa (Walker) 1856
Diagnosis: Condica concisa is a very difficult
species to characterize superficially even though internally the morphology
of both the male and female genitalia are highly distinctive. Superficially
the forewing of concisa is light gray-brown. In males the hindwing
is pure white except for some dark brown scaling on the outer margin on
the veins. The hindwing of the female is also basically white, although
more suffused with brown than the male. The maculation of is forewing
is all present, but certainly not distinctive. There is a lack of any
pure white patches or marks. The combination of the white hindwing, the
primarily gray forewing without white areas, particularly in the reniform
spot, and the busy but indistinctive maculation of the forewing will generally
separate this species from all others in North America. In short the species
is ugly and non-descript, but should be recognizable by eliminating the
other species in the genus. So far the species is known only from Florida
and Texas which should also help to eliminate it from consideration in
most parts of the country.
Distribution: This is one more of those primarily tropical species of Condica that make their way into the United States at the northern most limits of their ranges. Condica concisa has a wide and abundant distribution throughout the tropical parts of the New World from northern Argentina in the south northward as far as southern Texas and Florida. In the United States it has been collected in southeastern Texas and throughout most of Florida. There does not appear to be much variability in the species. The hindwing of females is slightly more heavily infuscated with brown than is the male hindwing.
The species is abundant throughout most of its range and is one of the species commonly found in disturbed and agricultural areas. In southern Texas the species was collected in August and September. In Florida concisa was collected from November to April and in August and September. In the majority of its range south of the United States adults have been collected throughout most of the year.
Identification Quality: Excellent
Foodplants: The larva and its foodplants are almost unknown although Kimball (1965) records Bidens sp. (Asteraceae) as a foodplant.
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