Distribution: tropical and subtropical America.
Type locality: 'America'.
Synonyms: Phalaena Pyralis marginalis Stoll 1781;
Pyralis lucernalis Hubner 1796;
Phakellura hyalinatalis Guenee 1854;
Pyralis sapillitalis Weyenbergh 1873;
Phalaena Geometra hyalina Berg 1875.
Source of record:Gowdey (1926) (as 'Margaronia hyalinata').
Method of identification: illustrated in black and white by Amsel (1956)
pl. 96, figs. 1 & 2.
Notes: as there are a number of very similar species in this genus
genitalial dissection is required for 100% certainty of
identification. The larva of this species is the 'Melonworm' - a pest of various
cucurbit crops such as cucumbers. melons and squashes.
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