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932281.009637Magusa orbifera – (Walker, 1857)
Distribution Data for Magusa orbifera
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Distribution: South Florida from about Miami down through the Keys and Caribbean Islands. Magusa outside this area in North America are 9637.1 - Magusa divaricata.
and Size:
Adults fly throughout the year. Forewing length ~ 13-17 mm.
Larva and
Host Plants:
Heppner lists Leadwood (Krugiodendron ferreum) and Karwinskia humboldtiana (Buckthorn family Rhamnaceae).
Field Marks:
See photographs for multitude of forms.
Similar Species: Magusa divaricata passes through the area as a wanderer or migrant. The two species are separable only by genitalia and in part by normally larger size of M. divaricata ( when larger than 18 mm forewing length).
Data compiled and contributed by Bob Patterson from references cited.

Magusa orbifera
34mm - f. - LG – Canadian Nat'l. Coll.
Magusa orbifera
34mm - f. - LG – Canadian Nat'l. Coll.
Magusa orbifera
LG – Jim Troubridge

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