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Southern Cyan Tiger Moth

Macrocneme chrysitis (Guérin-Méneville 1844)

Tiger Moth Family Arctiidae, Subfamily Ctenuchinae


Southern Cyan Tiger Moth - Macrocneme chrysitis
nectaring on Goldenrod (Solidago sp.)

Sierra Picachos Mountains
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
September 7, 2006 (M Quinn) 

Texas County Records for Macrocneme chrysitis

Southern Cyan Tiger Moth - Macrocneme chrysitis


Range: US Records from the lower Rio Grande Valley, plus Bexar and Uvalde Counties.

Similar Species: Macrocneme is a large genus, but only M. chrysitis reaches the U.S.

Photos: Macrocneme chrysitis - Ed Knudson

Etymology: Macrocneme chrysitis (Guérin-Méneville 1844)

macr, -o (G). Large, long
cnem (G). The part of the leg between the knee and the ankle; legging, leg armor
chrys (G). Gold

Biography: Félix Édouard Guérin-Méneville - Wikipedia


Borror, D.J. 1960. Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms. National Press Books, Palo Alto. v + 134 pp.

Guérin-Méneville, F.E. 1844. Insectes. Pp. 355-370. In:  G.L.C.F.D. Cuvier. Iconographie du règne animal. J.B. Baillière, Paris. xvi + 576 pp.

Knudson, E. & C. Bordelon. 2004. Illustrated Checklist of the Lepidoptera of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, TX. Vol. 2B : Macro-Moths. Texas Lepidoptera Survey, Houston. xiv + 59 pp. 20 plates.

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