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931160.5 – 8556   Litoprosopus futilis (Grote & Robinson, 1868)
             Palmetto Borer

Jeff Hollenbeck
Distribution: Type locality: Florida.
Field Marks:
Wingspan: ♂ = 38 mm (Grote & Robinson 1868); averages ~45 mm (J. Troubridge, pers. comm. 10/02/2022).
Similar Species:
  • Litoprosopus confligens (Walker, [1858]) is typically larger.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Dyops futilis Grote & Robinson, 1868
Taxonomic Notes: Litoprosopus futilis (Grote & Robinson, 1868), formerly in the family Erebidae, is placed in the subfamily Dyopsinae within the family Noctuidae, revised status in Zahiri et al. (2013), (Lafontaine & Schmidt 2015).
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Factsheet at Florida Featured Creatures.
  • Grote A.R. & C.T. Robinson, 1868. Descriptions of American Lepidoptera.- No. 4. Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 2: 202.
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
  • Lafontaine J.D. & B.C. Schmidt, 2015. Additions and corrections to the check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico III. ZooKeys, 527: 127-147.
  • Species Page at Block Island Moths
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Zahiri R, D. Lafontaine, C.Schmidt, J.D. Holloway, I.J. Kitching, M. Mutanen, N. Wahlberg, 2013. Relationships among the basal lineages of Noctuidae (Lepidoptera, Noctuoidea) based on eight gene regions. Zoologica Scripta, 42(5): 488-507.
Litoprosopus futilis
Bob Patterson
Litoprosopus futilis
Jim Escoffier
Litoprosopus futilis
Jeff Hollenbeck
Litoprosopus futilis
Carol Wolf
Litoprosopus futilis
LG – Jim Troubridge
Litoprosopus futilis
40mm – Jim Vargo

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