Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Phylogenetic sequence # 932819
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 2 species of the genus in America north of Mexico. (2)
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2011) placed Trichocosmia drasteroides
as a synonym of T. inornata
leaving one species in the genus. (3)
Wingspan about 25 mm, based on photo by Bruce Walsh from Arizona
Adult: forewing uniformly pale yellowish except for faint whitish subterminal line and very slightly darker shading in subterminal/postmedial area; hindwing white; top of head and thorax same color as forewing.
Usually the forewing markings are faint but can be well developed as in this individual. These more maculate forms were formerly referred to as Trichocosmia drasteroides. (3)
The main flight period is March to September with some flying earlier.
The type specimens (a total of 6 males and females) were collected in Arizona.
Schina luxa forewing has several dark dots
Schina citrinellus forewing has a dark discal dot, and hindwing has broad blackish terminal band
Also see photos of S. citrinellus and S. luxa
Schinia snowi has a dark gray hindwing and does not occur west of Texas and Colorado
(Hodges #10218) forewing has no visible subterminal line
presence in California; list
of 8 specimen records with dates and locations (U. of California at Berkeley)
type specimen locality
and references (Brian Pitkin et al
, Butterflies and Moths of the World)