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91a1323 – 6922   Plataea personaria (Edwards, 1881)
Distribution Data for Plataea personaria
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Distribution: Sonoma Co., CA south to northern Baja California, Mexico mostly at low elevation along the coastal plain - Rindge, 1976.
Holotype (personaria): Summit, Sierra Nevadas, CA; probably an error - see Rindge, 1976: 13; fig. 11.
Holotype (lessaria): San Diego, CA - see Rindge, 1976: fig. 12.
Holotype (pasadenaria): Pasadena, CA - see Rindge, 1976: fig. 13.
Field Marks:
"This contrastingly colored species can be recognized by the sharply angulate t. a. line crossing the cubital vein at the junction of Cu1 and Cu2, by the solid black discal dot, and by the sharply defined s. t. line..."; FWL: 12-18mm - Am. Mus. Novit., 2595: 11.
Genitalia: See Am. Mus. Novit., 2595: 1-27, figs. 18 (♂), 30 (♀).
Similar Species:
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Gorytodes personaria Edwards, 1881
Plataea lessaria Pearsall, 1907
Plataea pasadenaria Wright, 1917
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 30.22m; p. 218. Book Review and ordering
  • Rindge, F.H., 1976. A revision of the moth genus Plataea (Lepidoptera, Geometridae). American Museum of Natural History Novitates, 2595: 1-27.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Wright, W.S., 1917. Notes and Descriptions of Geometridae. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, 25: 123-125.
Plataea personaria
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