Noctuidae - Condicinae - Condicini




Ogdoconta new species 2

Diagnosis: Ogdoconta new species 2 is characterized by a uniform rusty-red, almost burgandy wine colored forewing. This is one of the larger North American species of Ogdoconta and is equal in size to cinereola and larger than any of the other species. The forewing has few distinct markings, although all of the marks and lines (except the claviform spot) are present as dull white lines. The basal line is obscure and clearly present only near the costa. The antemedial line is irregular in shape and variable between individuals. The antemedial line is often fused with orbicular spot. The claviform spot is absent and the orbicular spot is defined by a fine dull white outer line. There is no median line. The reniform is defined by an outer dull white line and a vague light line in the center. The postmedial line is most straight and oblique with a slight outward angulartion at the bottom of the reniform. The white line is slightly interrupted in spots and accented along its inner wide by a series of very obscure darker rectangles. The subterminal area is slightly suffused with a little light gray, but not significantly so and is not noticeably lighter than either the median or terminal areas. The subterminal line is an irregular white line and the subterminal region is slightly darker along it. There is a series of dark rectangles along the outer margin. These rectangles are accented with light white lines along their inner sides. The most distinctive feature of the male genitalia is a large thumb-like projection from the lower angle of the apex of the cucullar region of the valve. The thumb-like projection curves inward at its apex. The cucullar part of the valve is narrower than in the other North American species of the genus and is neither triangular or ovate. The uncus is poorly developed and slightly sinuate.

Distribution: This species is known only from Santa Cruz and Cochise Counties in southeastern Arizona. The species seems to vary in size. However there are too few specimens to be more exact.

All adults so far seen have been collected in July.

Identification Quality: Excellent

Larva: Unknown

Foodplants: Unknown

Ogdoconta new species 2

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