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80a1329.5n – 4766.1   Aulacodes cf. aechmialis Guenée, 1854

AZ - © Seth Ausubel
Distribution: USA: TX, AZ.
Type locality (aechmialis): Cayenne.
Type locality (plumipedalis): Grenada.
Type locality (bosoralis): Guatemala.
Similar Species:
  • Langessa nomophilalis (Dyar, 1906)
  • Oligostigmoides cryptalis (Druce, 1896)
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: • Aulacodes aechmialis Guenée, 1854
• Hydrophysa plumipedalis Hampson, 1895
• Aulacodes oechmialis Dyar, 1914
• Paraponyx bosoralis Druce, 1896
Taxonomic Notes: Aulacodes cf. aechmialis Guenée, 1854 has male genitalia matching the illustration by Lange (1956) of "Aulacodes aechmialis". The original descriptions of aechmialis and it's synonym Hydrophysa plumipedalis Hampson, 1895 seem to somewhat match. The original description and illustration of Paraponyx bosoralis Druce, 1896, another synonym, do not match.
  • Druce, H., 1891-1900. On the Geometridae, Pyralidae, and allied families of Heterocera of the Lesser Antilles. Biologia Centrali-Americana. Insecta. Lepidoptera-Heterocera, 2: 278; vol. 3: pl. 63, fig. 31 (bosoralis).
  • Guenée, M.A., 1854. Deltoïdes et Pyralites. Histoire Naturelle des Insectes. Species Général des Lépidoptères, 8(8): 249.
  • Hampson, G.F., 1895. On the Geometridae, Pyralidae, and allied families of Heterocera of the Lesser Antilles. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, including Zoology, Botany and Geology, (ser. 6) 16: 343 (plumipedalis).
  • Lange, W.H., 1956. A generic revision of the aquatic moths of North America: (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae, Nymphulinae). Wasman Journal of Biology, 14(1): 77; figs. 40, 41 (♂ gen. aechmialis).
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
Aulacodes cf. aechmialis
TX - LG - (cc) Rich Kostecke
Aulacodes cf. aechmialis
AZ - © Seth Ausubel
Aulacodes cf. aechmialis
14mm - TX - LG – © Jim Vargo

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