Dyspyralis ocala Troubridge

Troubridge, J. T., 2020, A new genus and 37 new noctuoid species from peninsular Florida and the Keys (Lepidoptera: Noctuoidea), Insecta Mundi 2020 (789), pp. 1-56 : 13-14

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Dyspyralis ocala Troubridge

sp. nov.

Dyspyralis ocala Troubridge , new species

( Fig. 23 View Figures 13–25 , 91 View Figures 85–92 , 119 View Figures 114–122 )


Diagnosis. Dyspyralis ocala is distinctive compared to the other species of Dyspyralis Warren. The forewing of D. ocala is a dark gray brown with the ordinary lines forming indistinct bands of blackish scales and a black reniform spot is present in some specimens. The most similar described species is D. noloides Barnes and McDunnough , (BIN: BOLD:ABZ5294) which has a gray forewing and distinct black claviform spot.

Description. Antennae filiform, ciliate; head, vertex, labial palps and thorax and abdomen gray brown. Dorsal forewing (both sexes). Forewing length 5–6 mm. Ground dark gray brown; basal, antemedial, medial, and postmedial lines a scattered assemblage of blackish scales; reniform spot obscure, black, present on postmedial line of some specimens; subterminal line a jagged series of black scales, bordered posteriorly with a few scattered off-white scales; terminal line a series of broken black dashes bordered posteriorly with beige; fringe dark gray brown. Dorsal hindwing. Ground color dark gray brown; terminal line black; fringe dark gray brown. Male genitalia ( Fig. 91 View Figures 85–92 ). Valve membranous, paddle-like, rounded apically; an elongate, fleshy digitus projects dorsally from center of valve; sacculus forms a sclerotized ridge, extending from the base of the valve to the clasper; clasper fused to the valve except terminally where it separates from valve to form small, pointed tip; uncus very long, narrow, curved downward, dorso-ventrally flattened and becoming broad in mid-section, closely resembling a spear tip (this is not visible in Fig. 91 View Figures 85–92 ); juxta with medial cleft; dorsal surface of aedeagus with large field of minute spicules on posterior half; vesica appears to be without cornuti. Female genitalia ( Fig. 119 View Figures 114–122 ). Ovipositor lobes rounded and covered with setae; ductus bursae like an inverted wine bottle with a narrow, dorsal sclerite, narrows at junction of appendix bursae; appendix bursae forms a small pouch on right side of corpus bursae; corpus bursae shaped like a tear drop, with crescent-shaped signum.

Type material. Holotype male: USA: Florida, Marion Co.: Hopkins prairie, 29.277° N, 81.692° W, 11.Mar.2019, J. Troubridge, in the CNC GoogleMaps . Paratypes: 3♂, 4♀: Alachua Co.: Gainesville , 29.692°N, 82.365°W, 4–5.Oct.2019, J. Hayden, slide MGCL 5859 , 1♂ ( MGCL) GoogleMaps ; Sugarfoot Hammock , 6 mi. SW Gainesville, 6.Oct.1973, J.B. Heppner, slide MGCL 5617 , 1♀ ( MGCL) ; Marion Co.: Ocala National Forest , 29.332°N, 81.781°W, 19.Oct.2016, J. Hayden, slide MGCL 4860 , 1♀ GoogleMaps ; Putnam Co.: Welaka Forest Conservation Station , 17–21.Mar.1986, J.B. Heppner, slide MGCL 5786 , 2♂ ( FSCA). Suwannee Co. : Suwannee River State Park, 13 mi. NE Live Oak, 24.Oct.1975, J.B. Heppner, 2♀ ( MGCL) .

Etymology. The specific epithet refers to Ocala National Forest, where the holotype was collected. Noun in apposition.

Distribution. All specimens I have seen were collected in north central Florida. Specimens from North Carolina in the BOLD database are attributable to this species. Whether it occurs through Georgia is unknown at this time.

Erebidae : Boletobiinae


Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids, and Nematodes


Florida State Collection of Arthropods, The Museum of Entomology













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