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930700.008467Hemeroplanis scopulepes (Haworth, 1809) – Variable Tropic Moth

© Lyn Atherton
Distribution: NC south to MS and FL. MPG mapping is inaccurate especially from FL and west of MS with most referring to H. floccalis.
Type Locality: “England” (in error for the southeastern United States; Poole 1989).
Description/
Field Marks:
FW length 12–14 mm.
Similar Species:
  • 8467.1 Hemeroplanis floccalis is smaller and best separated by genitalia or DNA barcode.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Phytometra scopulepes Haworth, 1809
Apicia denticulata Walker, 1866
Pleonectyptera geometralis Grote, 1872
Scopelopus inops Stephens, 1829
Poaphila irrecta Walker, 1865
Hemeroplanis pyralis Hübner, 1818
Hemeroplanis pyraloides Hübner, 1823
Hemeroplanis scopelopes Seitz, 1946
Hemeroplanis scopulaepes Stephens, 1829
References
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - BIN: AAB1105
  • Poole, R.W., 1989. Lepidopterorum Catalogus (New Series). Fascicle 118. Noctuidae, Parts 1-3. E. J. Brill; New York. 1314 pages. (out of print)
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Troubridge, J.T., 2020. A new genus and 37 new noctuoid species from peninsular Florida and the Keys (Lepidoptera: Noctuoidea). Insecta Mundi, 0789: 1-56.
Hemeroplanis scopulepes
© Lynette Schimming
Hemeroplanis scopulepes
© Bob Patterson
Hemeroplanis scopulepes
© Lewis Scharpf
Hemeroplanis scopulepes
© Steve Collins
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© Bob Patterson
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LG – © Jim Troubridge
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Hemeroplanis scopulepes
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Hemeroplanis scopulepes
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Hemeroplanis scopulepes
28mm – © Jim Vargo

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