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Species Schinia tertia - Hodges#11179

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Heliothinae
Genus Schinia (Flower Moths)
Species tertia (Schinia tertia - Hodges#11179)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
described in 1874 by Grote, who originally placed it in genus Tamila
wingspan about 25 mm
Adult: forewing gray with broad white medial band but narrower than in S. albafascia; reniform spot dark gray to blackish; subterminal line white, jagged, irregular; fringe checkered; hindwing white basally; discal spot pale gray, faint or absent; terminal band pale gray, narrow or absent.

Specimen identified by DNA analysis (BOLD). (1)
western United States: Minnesota and Illinois to Texas, west to California, north to Idaho
adults fly from April to October (2 broods)
larvae probably feed on Dotted Blazingstar (Liatris punctata) in the eastern portion of the range
Life Cycle
probably two generations per year
The image labelled S. tertia by Paul Opler on the site is presumably S. albafascia due to its wider white medial band on the forewing, and the large dark discal spot on the hindwing (see PDF doc in Internet References)
See Also
Schinia albafascia FW has wider white medial band, and HW discal spot is large and black
Print References
Pogue, M.G. & C.E. Harp 2004. A review of the Schinia tertia (Grote) species complex (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Heliothinae). Zootaxa 473: 1-32 (PDF)
Internet References
pinned adult images by Paul Opler and Chuck Harp, plus US distribution map (