D0135 A preliminary phylogenetic analysis of the lichen moths of the genus Crambidia (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Arctiinae)

Monday, November 17, 2008
Exhibit Hall 3, First Floor (Reno-Sparks Convention Center)
Clare H. Scott , Entomology & Nematology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Marc A. Branham , Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
The genus Crambidia is a member of the tribe Lithosiini within the family Noctuidae. The males of species in this genus bear androconial-like organs on the abdomen that may be involved in courtship. In order to determine the identity and purpose of this structure, we intend to describe its variation between species, examine the possible step-wise change of specific aspects of this structure across the genus, i.e., character evolution, and its use within a behavioral context. The goal of the present study is focused on investigating and identifying a preliminary suite of morphological characters useful for producing a phylogenetic analysis of species within this genus.

doi: 10.1603/ICE.2016.38206