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801385.105287.2Salbia melanobathrum Dyar, 1914

- Jean Evoy
Distribution: Florida.
Type locality: LaChorrera, Panama.
Field Marks:
FWL = ~6 mm; male with jet-black antennal tufts; shading between the HW PM line and the margin is dark - James Hayden (12/14/2020).
Similar Species:
  • Salbia tytiusalis FWL = ~6 mm; shading between the HW PM line and the margin is hardly distinct from the ground color and is practically continuous with the PM line - James Hayden (12/14/2020).
  • Salbia mizaralis FWL = 8-9 mm; overall color is darker; males have a small, indistinct antennal scale tuft (or maybe two) - James Hayden (12/14/2020).
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Syngamia melanobathrum Dyar, 1914
Taxonomic Notes: Salbia melanobathrum Dyar, 1914 is now recognized in the fauna of North America north of Mexico, specimen collected from Okeechobee Co., FL by Jim Vargo in 2013 (see Hayden, 2016) later identified by James Hayden in 2019.
  • Dyar, H.G., 1914. Report on the Lepidoptera of the Smithsonian biological survey of the Panama Canal Zone. Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 47(2050): 246.
  • Hayden, J.E., 2016. in Dixon, W.N. & P.J. Anderson, Entomology Section. Tri-ology, 55(4): 7.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
Salbia melanobathrum
- Jean Evoy
Salbia melanobathrum
- 13mm - LG – Jim Vargo
Salbia melanobathrum
- 13mm - LG – Jim Vargo

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