Moschoneura pinthous patricia

Llorente-Bousquets, Jorge, Nieves-Uribe, Sandra, Flores-Gallardo, Adrián, Hernández-Mejía, Blanca Claudia & Castro-Gerardino, Ji, 2018, Chorionic sculpture of eggs in the subfamily Dismorphiinae (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea: Pieridae), Zootaxa 4429 (2), pp. 201-246: 233

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Moschoneura pinthous patricia


Moschoneura pinthous patricia 

( Plate 10 View Figure , Fig. 38).

The egg is 1573.2 µm long and 535.8 µm wide; it is 2.94 times longer than it is wide and its width/length ratio is 1/3; the maximum diameter is at the equator (Nh= 2). The egg is ellipsoidal and quite acuminate in the upper pole; the base is convex and smooth, almost 4 times wider than the very sharp apex and flat cusp. The apical area is very sharp and curved ribs (1 to 5 rows) are observed. They have 35 to 39 ribs (modes = 38, 39); they extend from shortly after the base to the cusp; generally, they are straight and parallel –the curved ribs are only at the poles – and they are alternate between axes, although they also coincide; they maintain constant amplitude between intercostal spaces, excepting at the basal area where they are reduced. There are 8 long axes that are 2.5 times thicker than the ribs and project from the first basal rib. The grid is of wide rectangles that in the equator are almost 6 times wider than long, and they are conspicuously reduced in the poles; at the apex are sub-squares with curved sides. Roughness visible with backlight. Formula: 8L. Radial symmetry. Color N0 0A10M0 0.