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932213.61 – 9637   Magusa orbifera (Walker, 1857)
Distribution Data for Magusa orbifera
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Distribution: South Florida from about Miami down through the Keys and Caribbean Islands.
Type locality: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Field Marks:
See photographs for multitude of forms.
Similar Species:
  • 9637.1 Magusa divaricata (Grote, 1874) is typically larger but there is overlap with runts as small as the smallest orbifera. Both species are polymorphic and can be separated only by examination of genitalia.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Xylina orbifera Walker, 1857
Laphygma angustipennis Möschler, 1886
[unknown] divida Möschler, 1890
Magusa orbiferana Strand, 1916
Magusa orbiferella Strand, 1916
Magusa perversa Strand, 1916
Magusa strigifera Walker, 1857
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Lafontaine J.D., T.S. Dickel, M.R. Hone, 2009. Taxonomy and identification of Magusa species (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Xyleninae). Lepidoptera Novae, 2: 35-40.
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 55.5f, 55.6f; p. 301. Book Review and ordering
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Walker, F., 1857. Noctuidae. List of the specimens of lepidopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum, 11: 761.
Magusa orbifera
34mm - f. - LG – © Canadian Nat'l. Coll.
Magusa orbifera
34mm - f. - LG – © Canadian Nat'l. Coll.
Magusa orbifera
LG – © Jim Troubridge

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