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Range: TEXAS: Brewster, Comal, and Uvalde Counties; NM; AZ; south to South America.
USGS lists Blanco County, TX, possibly in error as they don't list adjacent Comal County.
Notes: Apparently rare, it hasn't been seen in Texas in 25 years (pers. comm., Charles Bordelon, March 2007).
First U.S. Record: Per Kendall (1974)
While collecting in Panther Canyon above Landa Park, New Braunfels, Comal County, Texas, W. W. McGuire took one female on 9 April 1972. This specimen is now in the collection of Andre Blanchard of Houston, Texas. [The Blanchard collection has since been distributed among the USNM, AMNH, TLS and other collections.]
There are twenty-six examples of this species represented in the National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C., all from Mexico. Specific data are:
twenty-one, Popocatepetl Park [Puebla], Mexico, 8,000', June;
one, Jalapa [Oaxaca], Mexico;
one, Tehuacan [Puebla], Mexico;
one, Cuernavaca [Morelos], Mexico;
two, Mexico, no other data available.
The nearest of these locations is about 900 air miles from where the [first] U.S. specimen was taken.
Biology: Will come to flowers. Lazy fluttering flight (pers. comm., Charles Bordelon, March 2007).
Type Locality: South America.
Synonym: Dioptis aequinoctialis Walker, 1854.
gnoph, -o (G). Darkness
aequa, -bil, -li (L). Equal, level
noct, -i (L). Night
Gnophaela vermiculata (Grote, 1864) Gnophaela latipennis (Boisduval, 1852) Gnophaela discreta Stretch, 1875 Gnophaela clappiana Holland, 1891
Dysschema howardi (Hy. Edwards, 1886)
Dysschema leucophaea (Walker, 1854)
Phaloesia saucia Walker, 1854
Biography: Francis Walker (1809 - 1874) - Wikipedia
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Davis, D.R. 1985. Donation of Blanchard Lepidoptera Collection to the Smithsonian Institution. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 39(3): 235-236.
Holland, W.J. 1903. The Moth Book. Doubleday, Page & Co., New York. 479 pp.
Kendall, R.O. 1974. Two moth species (Pericopidae and Notodontidae) new to Texas and the United States. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 28(3): 243-245.
Kendall, R.O. 1987. OBITUARY:
André Blanchard (1896-1986). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 41(4):
Knudson, E. & C. Bordelon. 2003. Pub. 6b.: Checklist of Texas Lepidoptera. Texas Lepidoptera Survey, Houston. (85 color plates).
Knudson, E. & C. Bordelon. 2003. Pub. 8: Checklist of the Texas Hill Country. Texas Lepidoptera Survey, Houston. (treats 1900 species, 10 color plates).
Walker, F. 1854. Lepidoptera Heterocera. In: List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum. Vol. 2. pp. 279-581.
Watson, A. & D. T. Goodger. 1986. Catalogue of the Neotropical Tiger Moths. Occasional papers on Systematic Entomology of the British Museum (Natural History), 1: 1-71.
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