Noctuidae - Psaphidinae - Triocnemidini


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Oxycnemis new species 2

Diagnosis: The forewing spots and lines of Oxycnemis new species 2 are nearly identical to those of advena, but the coloration is different. The most distinctive feature of new species 2 is the brown or tan-brown suffusion of the basal area of the forewing. This brownish suffusion of the basal area contrasts with the light gray coloration of the median and subterminal areas. A basal line is present but indistinct stretching from the costa to approximately half way to the inner margin. The antemedial line is black and single with a small tooth located at the position of the claviform mark. The line is otherwise straight and slanted slightly outward from the costa to the inner margin. The claviform mark is tear-drop shaped and reaches at least half the way across the median area. The region between the end of the claviform mark and the inward projection of the postmedial line may be slightly suffused with dark brown. A medial line is absent. The orbicular mark is circular, outlined by a black line, the center concolorous with the median area. The reniform is kidney shaped and, like the orbicular mark, outlined by a black line and concolorous with the median area. The area between the reniform mark and the postmedial line may be vaguely suffused with brown. The region between the reniform and oribicular marks is not distinctly lighter than the rest of the median area (as in advena) and no white streak from the top of the reniform mark to the costa is present (as in Oxycnemis new species 1).

Distribution: Oxycnemis new species 2 is so far only recorded from San Diego County in southern California, and in Baja California del Sur in Mexico.

Identification Quality: Excellent

Larva: Unknown

Foodplants: Unknown

NOTE: Specimens of this species may be found in the American Museum of Natural History and the Los Angeles County Museum.


Oxycnemis new species 2

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The brown suffusion of the forewing basal area will easily separate this species from advena and Oxycnemis new species 1

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