Stenoptilodes taprobanes (Felder and Rogenhofer, 1875),

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: 5-6

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Stenoptilodes taprobanes (Felder and Rogenhofer, 1875)


Stenoptilodes taprobanes (Felder and Rogenhofer, 1875) 

Fig. 6View Figures 2–9, 39View Figures 37–42

Diagnosis. Distinguishable from S. brevipennis  by genitalia only, as noted above. Valvae of male genitalia with blunt tipped cucullus; phallus short and stout; uncus length similar or less than that of anellus arms ( Bahamas male not available, see illustration in Gielis (2006)). Female genitalia without lateral lobes flanking ostium and with ductus bursae separated from quadrate antrum by a slight constriction ( Fig. 39View Figures 37–42).

Pinned material examined. BAHAMAS: Abaco: South Abaco, Schooner Bay, coppice trail, 26.167000°, −77.181167°, 30.x.2014, DLM, JYM, MJS, RMR (1 ♀);  Grand Bahama Island : vic. Barbary Beach, 26.558526°, −78.536983°, 26.x.2014, DLM, JYM, MJS, RMR (1 ♀, slide DM 2157)  .

Life history. Larvae are known to feed on several plant families, especially belonging to the order Lamiales ( Matthews and Lott 2005)  . Known host genera throughout the range which also occur in The Bahamas include: Bacopa  and Veronica  L. ( Lamiales  : Plantaginaceae  ), Scutellaria  L. ( Lamiales  : Lamiaceae  ), and Samolus  L. ( Ericales  : Primulaceae  ). The specimen from Grand Bahama Island was collected in the vicinity of Scutellaria havanensis  along with S. brevipennis  , and P. flinti  .

Distribution. The species has been recorded from all faunal regions within subtropical and tropical zones. In The Bahamas it is known from Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands.