Adaina perplexus (Grossbeck, 1917),

Matthews, Deborah L., Miller, Jacqueline Y., Simon, Mark J. & Goss, Gary J., 2019, Additions to the plume moth fauna of The Bahamas (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae) with description of four new species, Insecta Mundi 708 (708), pp. 1-35: 17

publication ID

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3673602

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lsid:zoobank.org:pub:1A8C637A-412B-41E9-8395-EA92FA40A239

DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3680047

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http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03AFCA00-A16E-9009-3EF8-080AB2A5C816

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Felipe

scientific name

Adaina perplexus (Grossbeck, 1917)
status

 

Adaina perplexus (Grossbeck, 1917) 

Fig. 21View Figures 18–24, 55View Figures 54-58

Diagnosis. Distinguished from Adaina ambrosiae  by the light buff as opposed to mottled fuscous and white ground color on the wing base; discal spot and cleft spot small and well defined as opposed to dif- fusing into ground color; occipital fringe ochraceous-tawny as opposed to drab; dorsum of thorax with scales solid cartridge or light buff as opposed to light buff with drab tips; abdomen without fuscous lateral patches on segments A4 and A5. Male genitalia (figured by Matthews et al. 2012) are characterized by a distinct saccular process with a flattened blade-like base and narrow curved distal portion as opposed to a more lobed process in A. ambrosiae  . The female genitalia ( Fig. 55View Figures 54-58) are distinct from A. ambrosiae  in having a pair of elongate signa.

Pinned material examined. BAHAMAS: Abaco: Central Abaco, vic. Wilson City , 26.372500°, −77.010667°, 1.xi.2014, DLM, JYM, MJS, RMR, ex. larva on leaves of Melanthera  (1 ♂)  ; Cat Island: vic. Ocean Dream Resort , E of Smith Town, 24.232273°, −75.454536°, 23.vi.2014, DLM, JYM, MJS, GJG (1 ♀)  ; Long Island: Stella Maris , 1 mi. SE of airport, 23.575317°, −75.247100°, 31.v–1.vi.2014, DLM, JYM, MJS, GJG, ex. Melanthera  sp. (12 ♂, 8 ♀)  ; same data except 31.v.2014, resting on Melanthera  sp. (1 ♀)  ; same data except, 1.vi.2014, resting on Melanthera  sp. (2 ♀)  ; South Andros Island: W of the Bluff Settlement , 24.106939°, −77.557659°, 29.iii.2014, DLM, JYM, MJS, RMR, ex. larva on Melanthera  (23 ♂, 12 ♀, slide DM 2152)  : San Salvador Island: Gerace Research Centre, vic. Water Tanks , 24.117589°, −74.465207°, 14.vi.2018, DLM, JYM (1 ♂)  .

Preserved material examined. BAHAMAS: Long Island: Stella Maris , 1 mi. SE of airport, 23.575317°, −75.247100°, 31.v.2014, DLM, JYM, MJS, GJG, feeding on leaves of Melanthera  (20 L, 1 LS, 2 P, 1 PC)  ; same data except 31.v–1.vi. 2014 (17 L, 4 LS)  ; South Andros Island: W of the Bluff Settlement 24.106939°, −77.557659°, 29.iii.2014, DLM, JYM, MJS, RMR, feeding on leaves of Melanthera  (14 L, 6 LS, 3 P) (27 L, 5 LS, 5 P) {2 vials  }.

Life history. Larvae feed externally on the leaves of Melanthera aspera (Jacq.) Small  [ Asteraceae  ]. Unlike A. ambrosiae  , which also feeds on Melanthera Rohr  , larvae loosely fold or draw together leaves with silk. The larva and pupa were illustrated by Matthews et al. (2012).

Distribution. Bahamas: Abaco, Cat, Long, San Salvador and North and South Andros Islands; Cuba: Varadero ( Gielis 2011); Trinidad; United States: Florida, Monroe and Sarasota counties.

Comments. Previously reported from North Andros Island ( Matthews et al. 2012).