Noctuidae - Psaphidinae - Nocloini

Paramiana perissa

Paramiana Barnes and Benjamin 1924

Paramiana Barnes and Benjamin, 1924, Contrib. Nat. Hist. Lep. N. Am., 5(3): 154.

Euamiana Barnes and Benjamin, 1924, Insecutor Inscitiae Menstruus, 14:182. NEW SYNONOMY

Paramiana is the largest and most diverse genus of the Nocloini. Almost all of the species are inhabitants of the southwestern United States and Mexico. The members of the genus, although diverse in superficial appearance may be recognized by these characteristics:

1) The frontal process of the head is poorly developed consisting primarily of a heart-shaped structure with rounded edges. Typically it is not noticeable unless the scales are brushed from the front of the head.

2). The clasper of the valve of the male genitalia is usually enlongate, narrow, slightly s-shaped, and runs along the long axis of the valve.

3) The vesica of the aedeagus is elongate-ovate, but has a separate lateral lobe . The lobe is covered with strong, stout spines. The rest of the fesica is corrugated with the corrugations covered with elongate spines.

4) The bursa of the female genitalia is usually roughly triangular, with a distinct, projecting appendix bursae.

The larvae and their foodplants are unknown for all species.

The species groups of the genus Paramiana

Key to the species of Paramiana, New Genus 5, and New Genus 3

Included Species

Paramiana contrasta

Paramiana endopolia

Paramiana adusta

Paramiana perissa

Paramiana callaisata

Paramiana new species 1

Paramiana smaragdina

Paramiana new species 2

Paramiana marina

Paramiana new species 4

Paramiana new species 3