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300095 – 0385   Acrolophus variabilis (Walsingham, 1887)

Arlene Ripley
Distribution: Type locality: Arizona.
Field Marks:
Forewing length male 9-14 mm: female 12-16 mm.
Similar Species:
  • Acrolophus macrophallus forewing length male 9-10 mm: female 10-12 mm. Peter Jump reports that you can't separate variabilis from macrophallus without looking at the genitalia (although in some cases the forewing length can distinguish the species).
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Ortholophus variabilis Walsingham, 1887
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Hasbrouck, F.F., 1964. Moths of the family Acrolophidae in America North of Mexico. Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 114: 672; figs. 208-213.
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 2.44m; p. 51. Book Review and ordering
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
Acrolophus variabilis
CalPhotos – Jerry Powell
Acrolophus variabilis
25mm – Jim Vargo
Acrolophus variabilis
29mm – Mississippi Entomological Museum
Acrolophus variabilis
27mm – Mississippi Entomological Museum
Acrolophus variabilis

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