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Mariamne's Giant Flag Moth

Dysschema mariamne (Geyer, [1835])

Family Arctiidae, Subfamily Arctiinae, Tribe Pericopini

cf Dysschema howardi

Mariamne's Giant Flag Moth - Dysschema mariamne (Geyer, [1835])


MEX: Tamps., Est. Biol.
Canindo nr. San José.
1400m, VII-28-29-1993
E. G. Riley & M. A. Quinn
at UV light

Specimen curated in the TAMUIC.

Range: Tamaulipas, Mexico south to Central America 

Caterpillar Foodplants: 

Dysschema larvae have been recorded feeding on the following genera of Asteraceae



Type Locality: Mexico 

Similar Species:

Northern Giant Flag Moth - Dysschema howardi  (Hy. Edwards, 1886)
Images of Genus Dysschema
- Area De Conservación Guanacaste (ACG)
Some 90 Neotropical species of Dysschema primarily occur in South America

Texas Pericopini:

Dysschema howardi (Hy. Edwards, 1886) 
Gnophaela aequinoctialis
(Walker, 1854)
Phaloesia saucia Walker, 1854


Flag Moth - An common name coined for the subfamily Pericopinae by Hogue (1993)
dys (G). Bad, malicious, hard
=schema, -t, -to (G). Form, shape


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