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North American Lepidoptera Genitalia Library

Welcome to the genitalia library. It is to be hoped that this feature of the website will prove to be valuable to professional lepidopterists as well as to collectors who examine genitalia to aid in their identification of specimens. It is further to be hoped that the lepidopteran community will collaborate in the effort to build this library by contributing images.

If you would like to contribute photographs or illustrations to be included in this library, please email MPG to make arrangements. In the very near future a genitalia library desk will be staffed at Mississippi Entomological Museum.

We thank Brian Goodey and many contributors to the Lepidoptera Dissection Group (UK) for their generosity in permitting us to include in our new library more than 300 genitalia photographs of 200 species that are found also in North America. These will be among the first genitalia to be presented from the new database that is now under construction.

We will welcome suggestions of references to be included in a page of links to online tutorials for preparing dissections, slide mounts and photography. These may be web pages, document files or videos that will be helpful to students.

For a deep understanding and apprecition of genitalia, we highly recommend Zlatkov et al. (2023), First 3-D reconstruction of copulation in Lepidoptera: interaction of genitalia in Tortrix viridana (Tortricidae). The online version contains supplementary material which includes videos of several models of genitalia rotated in three dimensions. This remarkable work takes so much of the mystery out of genitalia. Professionals and collectors to novice enthusiasts will find this resource invaluable.

Tortrix viridana ♂ ♀ - Zlatkov et al. (2023)

The Collection

As the genitalia library is developed there will be _lists for all superfamilies and their major subgroups. The actual species lists will be presented in phylogenetic sequence whenever possible. Hodges (1983) species numbers are retained for reference purposes. Phylogenetic sequence numbers for all groups and species below Noctuoidea are preliminary and will be changed during the next few months. Phylogenetic sequence numbers for Noctuoidea are those published at ZooKeys by Lafontaine and Schmidt in their new checklist.

  Plate 70Early Micromoths
  Plate 75Tortricoidea - Zygaenoidea
  Plate 80Pyraloidea - Drepanoidea
  Plate 85Geometroidea - Bombycoidea
  Plate 90Noctuoidea
  Plate 99Exotic Species of Possible Future Concern

Moth Photographers Group  at the  Mississippi Entomological Museum  at the  Mississippi State University

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