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80a0056 – 5635   Cacotherapia interalbicalis (Ragonot, 1891)

© Sue Carnahan
Distribution: USA: southeastern AZ.
Type locality: Sonora (Mexico).
Field Marks:
"M. interalbicalis Rag. - 15 mm - male; - Upper wings white, heavily washed with pale brownish in places, at the base, along the inner body, and along the second line on both sides occupying the entire narrow terminal space, except near the apex ; the coast is more lightly washed with brownish, but we see an oblique brown spot, which indicates the birth of the first line, the continuation of which is very indistinct. Second line very close together and parallel to the external edge, with a sinus entering the discoidal fold, a little bent in the middle posteriorly, whitish, bordered on the internal side, and crossed obliquely near the rib by a short blackish brown streak. The veins are finely indicated in brown and at the subcostal in the white cell a large brown, oval spot is attached, which does not reach the midrib. The long fringe is blackish gray, paler at the base. Very pale brownish gray lower wings, white fringe. Underside of the wings are plain gray. Head, thorax and antennae brownish, abdomen ochraceous gray, palps gray, maxillary palps blackish." (Google translation of Ragonot, 1891))
Similar Species:
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Macrotheca interalbicalis Ragonot, 1891
Macrotheca vulnifera Dyar, 1917
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Ragonot, E.L., 1891. Essai sur la classification des Pyralites. Annales de la Société entomologique de France, 6(10): 545.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
Cacotherapia interalbicalis
© Sue Carnahan
Cacotherapia interalbicalis
© Charles W. Melton
Cacotherapia interalbicalis
Cacotherapia interalbicalis
- 17mm - LG – © Jim Vargo
Cacotherapia interalbicalis
- 19mm - LG – © Jim Vargo

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