Exelastis dowi Matthews and Landry, 2008,

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: 11

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Exelastis dowi Matthews and Landry, 2008


Exelastis dowi Matthews and Landry, 2008 

Fig. 13View Figures 10–17, 32View Figures 29–32, 43View Figure 43–48

Diagnosis. Similar to E. montischristi  except for paler light buff to ochraceous-buff ground color, with more distinct fuscous paired spots at forewing cleft base, and hindwing with row of spatulate fuscous scales within fringes of third lobe anal margin which extends for most of lobe length ( Fig. 13View Figures 10–17). Male genitalia with asymmetrical valvae; apex of right valve with rounded plate-like sclerite ( Fig. 32View Figures 29–32). Female genitalia distinguished from E. montischristi  by the presence of a median plate on sternite VII ( Fig. 43View Figure 43–48).

Pinned material examined. BAHAMAS: Abaco: South Abaco, Gilpin Point, S of Crossing Rocks, 1.5 mi. SE of Great Abaco Hwy. , 26.105899°, −77.18550°, 3.vi.2016, pinelands, DLM, JYM, MJS, GJG (1 ♀, slide DM 2114)  ; Schooner Bay , coppice trail, 26.167000°, −77.181167°, 30.x.2014, DLM, JYM, MJS, RMR (1 ♂)  ; Schooner Bay Institute, 26.161333°, −77.187667°, 14–18.v.2018, MS, GG (1 ♀)  ; Grand Bahama Island: vic. Owl’s Hole , 26.587496°, −78.469854°, 27.x.2014, DLM, JYM, MJS, RMR (1 ♂, slide DM 2165)  .

Life history. Unknown. Larvae most likely feed on a species of legume ( Fabaceae  ).

Distribution. Originally described from the Florida Keys, Grand Bahama, and Belize ( Matthews and Landry 2008). The distribution now also includes South Abaco Island.