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Range: TX - FL - Ont. - MN
Flight Period: February to April, in Texas
Joann Karges has kept records on this species in Tarrant County (Fort Worth) since 1974. Her earliest dates are Feb. 10.
Chris Durden reported one as early as Feb. 5, 2013 in Austin, Travis County, Texas.
Host Food Plant: Grapes - Family Vitaceae
Nectar Plants: Visits early spring blooming woody plants such as:
Elbow Bush (Forestiera spp. - Oleaceae)
Plums and Cherries (Prunus spp. - Rosaceae)
Hawthorne (Crataegus spp. - Rosaceae)
Redbud (Cercis canadensis - Fabaceae)
Type Locality: Virginia
Similar Species: Psychomorpha euryrhoda Hampson, 1910 - Restricted to Florida and very southern Georgia
Weblink: Grapevine Epimenis (Psychomorpha epimenis) - BAMONA
Larval, Adult, Adult, Adult - BugGuide.Net
Psychomorpha epimenis - Ed Knudson
Etymology: Psychomorpha epimenis (Drury, 1782)
psycho (G). The soul, mind; a butterfly
morpha (G). Form
epi (G). Upon, over, beside
meni (G). The moon;
menisc, -o (G). A crescent
Biography: Dru Drury (1725 – 1804), one of the foremost entomologists of his time.- Wikipedia
Borror, D.J. 1960. Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms. National Press Books, Palo Alto. 134 pp.
Covell, C.V. 1984. A field guide to the moths of eastern North America. Houghton-Mifflin Co., Boston, MA. xv + 496 pp.
Drury, D. 1782. Illustrations of Natural History; wherein are exhibited upwards of two hundred and forty figures of exotic insects according to their different genera. London: White. Vol. 3: 76 pp.
Durden, C. 1999. Learn about ... Texas Insects. Texas Parks & Wildlife, Austin. 60 pp.
Holland, W.J. 1903. The Moth Book: A Popular Guide to a Knowledge of the Moths of North America. Doubleday, Page, & Co., N.Y. xxiv + 479 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.
Wagner, D.L. 2005. Caterpillars of Eastern North America. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ. 496 pp., 1,200+ color photos.
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