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931395 – 9181   Panthea gigantea (French, 1890)

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Distribution: Western North America. Warm, dry Ponderosa pine forests.
Holotype locality: Estes Park, Larimer Co., CO.
and Size:
Wingspan: male ~ 44-55; female ~ >60.
Larva and
Host Plants:
Ponderosa pine.
Field Marks:
  • Large size.
  • Dark gray-black, or gray-brown (Mexico only) forewing
  • Contrasting white hindwing
  • Similar Species:
    • See also 9178 - P. virginarius
    • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
    Synonymy: Platycerura gigantea French, 1890
    • Anweiler, G., 2009. Revision of the New World Panthea Hübner (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae) with descriptions of 5 new species and 2 new subspecies. ZooKeys, 9: 97-134.
    • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
    • Schmidt, B.C. & G.G. Anweiler, 2020. Noctuidae (Part) Pantheinae, Raphiinae, Balsinae, Acronictinae. The Moths of North America, Fascicle 25.4: 32; pl. A-1 (adult), figs. 11-16; pl. 10, fig. 1 (♂ gen.); pl. 30, fig. 6 (♀ gen.); pl. L-1, figs. 1, 2 (larva) (order).
    • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
    • Species Page at Pacific Northwest Moths
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