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80a0750 – 4984   Helvibotys pucilla (Druce, 1895)

- Mark Dreiling
Distribution: USA: TX, OK, AR, KY.
Type locality (H. pucilla): Guatemala.
Type locality (H. subcostalis): Mexico, Orizaba.
Field Marks:
Sexually dimorphic. Males are uniformly yellow-orange except for costa of forewing narrowly margined with black on underside sometimes visible above. Females with large bluish-black patches extending beyond basal third and distal third of forewings.
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Synonymy: Filodes pucilla Druce, 1895
Lygropia subcostalis Dyar, 1912
Taxonomic Notes: Helvibotys pucilla (Druce, 1895) includes as a synonym 4983 Helvibotys subcostalis (Dyar, 1912) in Munroe (1995), Trop. Lepid., 3: 56.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Druce, H., 1891-1900. Biologia Centrali-Americana. Insecta. Lepidoptera-Heterocera, 2: 263; pl. 62 fig. 27.
  • Dyar, H.G., 1912. Descriptions of new species and genera of Lepidoptera, chiefly from Mexico. Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 42: 104 (subcostalis).
  • Munroe, E., 1976. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 13.2a, p. 51; no plate. order or free PDF
  • Munroe, E.G., V.O. Becker, J.C. Shaffer, M. Shaffer, M.A. Solis, 1995. Pyraloidea [60. Pyralidae]. Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera. Volume 3. Checklist: Part 2. Hyblaeoidea - Pyraloidea - Tortricoidea. Association for Tropical Lepidoptera and Scientific Publishers, Gainesville, FL, 34-79.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
Helvibotys pucilla
- Sandra Beard
Helvibotys pucilla
- John Fisher
Helvibotys pucilla
16mm – - Jim Vargo
Helvibotys pucilla
- 18mm - LG – Jim Vargo

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