Postplatyptilia flinti Gielis, 1991,

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: 4-5

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Postplatyptilia flinti Gielis, 1991


Postplatyptilia flinti Gielis, 1991 

Fig. 4View Figures 2–9, 27a, bView Figures 25–28, 41View Figures 37–42

Diagnosis. Similar to Stenoptilodes brevipennis  and S. taprobanes  in size and wing maculation except costal triangle and other markings somewhat bolder. Best distinguished from these species by paired cream-colored lateral metathoracic patches ( Fig. 4View Figures 2–9). Male genitalia characterized by symmetrical valvae with divided sacculus and overriding cucullus, and a distally projecting spine-like saccus, longer than uncus ( Fig. 27aView Figures 25–28). Female genitalia characterized by medially notched lamina postvaginalis flanked lat- erally by sclerotized spade-shaped lobes extending posterad from short apophyses anteriores; Antrum triangular, corpus bursae with paired spine-like signa ( Fig. 41View Figures 37–42).

Pinned material examined. BAHAMAS: Grand Bahama Island: vic. Barbary Beach, 26.558526°, −78.536983°, 26.x.2014, DLM, JYM, MJS, RMR (14 ♂, slide DM 2099, 4 ♀, slide DM 2100). 

Life history. The larval hostplant is unknown. Adults were all, however, collected while flying and perching in patches of Scutellaria havanensis Jacq. 

Distribution. This species is known from Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay ( Gielis 2006). In The Bahamas it is thus far only known from one locality on Grand Bahama Island.