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1 September 2014 Description of Apatelodes audubonin. sp. from Texas (Bombycoidea: Apatelodidae), with a Query as to Whether Apatelodid Larvae are Batesian Mimics
David L. Wagner
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Apatelodes audubonin. sp. is described from Cameron County in the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Male and female genitalia and the larval stage are figured. Larvae A. audubonin. sp. were recovered from lime pricklyash, Zanthoxylum fagara (Rutaceae). We discuss evidence suggesting that the larva's bright coloration and conspicuous diurnal behaviors as well as those of other apatelodid larvae are consistent with the hypothesis that Apatelodes and perhaps other apatelodids are Batesian mimics of arctiines and megalopygids.

David L. Wagner "Description of Apatelodes audubonin. sp. from Texas (Bombycoidea: Apatelodidae), with a Query as to Whether Apatelodid Larvae are Batesian Mimics," The Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 68(3), 211-217, (1 September 2014). https://doi.org/10.18473/lepi.v68i3.a9
Received: 9 November 2009; Accepted: 2 March 2014; Published: 1 September 2014
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larval mimicry
Sabal Palm Refuge
warning coloration
Zanthoxylum fagara
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