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932583.1 – 9930.1   Pyreferra moffatiana (Grote, 1882)
Distribution Data for Pyreferra moffatiana
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Distribution: Type locality: Kingston, ON.
Field Marks:
See original description and description and illustration (below) of graefiana of authors in Grote (1882: 65; pl. 3, fig. 38).
Similar Species:
  • Pyreferra hesperidago (Guenée, 1852)
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Scopelosoma moffatiana Grote, 1882
Scopelosoma graefiana of authors, not Grote, 1874 (Grote 1882, Ill. Essay)
Taxonomic Notes: Pyreferra moffatiana (Grote, 1882), rev. stat. (Schmidt in Pohl & Nanz (eds.) 2023), was formerly treated as a synonym of Pyreferra hesperidago (Guenée, 1852).
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  • Grote, A.G., 1882. An illustrated essay on the Noctuidae of North America; with "A colony of butterflies.". London, J. Van Voorst, 65; pl. 3, fig. 38. (graefiana of authors)
  • Grote, A.R., 1882. Article XX. - New Moths, principally collected by Mr. Roland Thaxter in Maine, with motes on noxious species and remarks on classification. Bulletin of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories, 6(3): 583. (original description of moffatiana)
  • Pohl, G. R. and S. R. Nanz (eds.), 2023. Annotated Taxonomic Checklist of the Lepidoptera of North America, North of Mexico. Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, Bakersfield, California, xiv + 580 pp. (order).
Pyreferra moffatiana
LG – © Bolling Sullivan
Pyreferra moffatiana
© Bolling Sullivan
Pyreferra moffatiana
LG – © A. R. Grote

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