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930087.65 – 7986   Rifargia ditta (Barnes & McDunnough, 1910)

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Distribution: Arizona - Miller et al. (2021)
Type locality (ditta): Santa Catalina Mts., AZ.
Type locality (agapa): Venadio [sic; = Venadillo], Sinaloa, Mexico.
Field Marks:
Sexually dimorphic with females showing a large pale elbow-shaped patch beyond the reniform.
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Synonymy: Heterocampa ditta Barnes & McDunnough, 1910
Disphragis agapa Schaus, 1928
Taxonomic Notes: Rifargia ditta (Barnes & McDunnough, 1910), n. comb. in Becker (2014), was formerly in the genus Heterocampa. Specimens reported as [7999.1] Disphragis captiosa Draudt, 1932, in Leuschner (1992), are identified as this species in Miller et al. (2021), MONA Fascicle 22.1B:105, with captiosa treated extralimital north of Mexico.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Barnes, W.M. & J.H. McDunnough, 1910. New species and varieties of North American Lepidoptera. The Canadian Entomologist, 42: 212.
  • Becker, V.O., 2014. Checklist of New World Notodontidae (Noctuoidea). Lepidoptera Novae, 7(1): 1-40.
  • Leuschner, R., 1992. Occurrence of Disphragis captiosa (Notodontidae) in Arizona. Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society, 46: 159.
  • Miller, J.S., D.L. Wagner, P.A. Opler & J.D. Lafontaine, 2021. Noctuoidea, Notodontidae (Part 2, Conclusion): Heterocampinae, Nystaleinae, Dioptinae, Dicranurinae. The Moths of America north of Mexico, Fascicle 22.1B: 105; pl. A-16, figs. 8-10; pl. 55, fig. 6 (♂ gen.); pl. 71, fig. 6 (♂ sternum 8); pl. 84, fig. 2 (♀ gen.); pl. L-15, fig. 7 (larva). - order
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
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