Noctuidae - Psaphidinae - Azeniini




Azenia implora Grote 1882

Azenia implora Grote, 1882, Papilio, 2: 186.

Diagnosis: The combination of the light yellow color of the forewing, the tridentate frontal process, the absence of a tibial claw, and the unmodified fore tarsi should easily identify this species. Most specimens have diffuse, light brown forewing postmedial and antemedial lines. Dull gray dots are commonly present on the postmedial and antemedial lines, particularly a pair opposite each other near the cubital vein. A few specimens lack all forewing maculation. The hindwing is white tinged with yellow. Azenia implora is superficially unlike any other species in the Azeniini.

Adults have been collected in the July September period and also in May. The species is possibly two brooded.

Distribution: This species occurs from the Imperial Valley of southern California, through western and southern Arizona, southern New Mexico, western and southern Texas, and central Texas. Azenia implora has also been collected in Colorado and central Nevada. The species has been collected in Mexico in southern Baja California and Sonora. A fair amount of individual variation exists in implora. Some individuals have the forewing nearly immaculate light yellow. Other specimens, particularly females, have weak but obvious maculation. This maculation occurs in the form of vague dots representing the antemedial and postmedial lines and vagues bands for the medial and subterminal lines. Southern Arizona specimens seem more likely to have maculate specimens than populations in New Mexico and Texas.

Identification Quality: Excellent

Larva: Unknown

Foodplants: Unknown

Azenia implora

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