Noctuidae - Psaphidinae - Azeniini




Stiriviridodes virida (Barnes and McDunnough) 1916

Stiriodes virida Barnes and McDunnough, 1916, Contrib. Nat. Hist. Lep. N. Am., 3(1): 13, pl. 3, figure 7.

Diagnosis: Stiriviridodes virida is mostly likely to be confused with a species of the subfamily Stiriinae. The absence of a prothoracic tibial claw will excludes it from that subfamily, however. The forewing is primarily dull olive green and the apex of the wing is pointed. The most significant maculation are thick, prominent white lines for the antemedial, postmedial, and subterminal lines. The costa of the forewing is shaed with white as well. The claviform, orbicular, and reniform spots are all absent. No significant maculation is present on the ventral side of the forewing. The hindwing is dull gray, darker in males than females. The frontal process, described in the generic description is also distinctive.

Adults have been collected in March and April.

Distribution: This species occurs in the Mojave Desert regions of southern California, western Arizona, Baja California and and western Sonora. There is no discernable geographic variation in the species. Females are perhaps slightly larger than males, but certainly not greatly so. The olive-green forewing coloration varies in deepness; some specimens are lighter than others.

Identification Quality: Excellent

Larva: Unknown

Foodplants: Unknown

Stiriviridodes virida

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