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80a0967 – 5199.6   Hodebertia testalis (Fabricius, 1794)

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Distribution: USA: FL, TX.
Central America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia - BOLD.
Type locality: India orientali.
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Synonymy: Phalaena testalis Fabricius, 1794
Botys albidalis Walker, [1866]
Botys incoloralis Guenée, 1854
Botys melonalis Walker, 1859
Spilodes nitetisalis Walker, 1859
Botys perpendiculalis Duponchel, [1833]
Pleuroptya perpendicularis Leraut, 1980
Pyrausta phyllidalis Schaus, 1940
Margaronia putrescens Meyrick, 1934
Botys ruficostalis Lederer, 1855
Taxonomic Notes: Hodebertia testalis (Fabricius, 1794) is now recognized within the North American fauna north of Mexico from Florida and Texas in Hayden & Minno (2016), News Lepid. Soc., 58(4): 166-170.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Fabricius, J.C., 1794. Entomologica systematica emendata et aucta. Secundum classes, ordines, genera, species adiectis synonymis, locis, observationibus, descriptionibus. C.G. Proft et C.F. Mohr, Hafniae et Kiliae, 3(2): 227.
  • Hayden, J. & M.C. Minno, 2016. A persistent population of Hodebertia testalis, a milkweed leaftier, in Florida (Pyraloidea: Spilomelinae). News Lep. Soc., . News of the Lepidopterists’ Society, 58(4): 166-170.
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Hodebertia testalis
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