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57a0045 – 4650.1   Norape sorpresa Wagner & Matson, 2022

© Jane & John Balaban
Distribution: USA: Cochise, Pima, and Santa Cruz Cos., AZ.
Holotype: USA: AZ: Pima Co., Santa Rita Experimental
Larva and
Host Plants:
Celtis reticulata (hackberry)
Field Marks:
Tarsi banded. All wings white with gray shade of basal half of the ventral forewing costa, lacking in similar species.
Similar Species:
  • Norape cretata (=N. ovina of authors) has white legs and is absent west of Texas.
  • Norape virgo has black legs.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Taxonomic Notes: Norape sorpresa Wagner & Matson, 2022, n. sp., Jour. Lepid. Soc., 76 (1): 1-9.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Sancio, E.P., C.H. Kratzer, J.C. Carlson, 2024. Geographical and temporal distribution of Megalopygidae in the United States and Puerto Rico. Toxicon, X (2024). (Journal Pre-proof)
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Wagner, D.L, T. Matson & J.D. Palting, 2022. A New Norape from the Southwestern United States (Megalopygidae, Trosiinae). Journal of the Lepidopteristsí Society, 76 (1): 1-9.
Norape sorpresa
© Alice Abela
Norape sorpresa
© Margarethe Brummermann
Norape sorpresa
- holotype - dor. - LG – © Tanner Matson
Norape sorpresa
- holotype - ven. - LG – © Tanner Matson
Norape sorpresa
- holotype - LG – © Tanner Matson
Norape sorpresa
- paratype - dor. - LG – © Tanner Matson
Norape sorpresa
- paratype - ven. - LG – © Tanner Matson
Norape sorpresa
- paratype - LG – © Tanner Matson
Norape sorpresa
© Margarethe Brummermann LG

Norape sorpresa
© Tony Palmer LG

Norape sorpresa
© James Bailey LG

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