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Species Pyrausta signatalis - Raspberry Pyrausta - Hodges#5034

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Pyraloidea (Pyralid and Crambid Snout Moths)
Family Crambidae (Crambid Snout Moths)
Subfamily Pyraustinae
Genus Pyrausta
Species signatalis (Raspberry Pyrausta - Hodges#5034)
Hodges Number
5034
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Rhodaria signatalis Walker, 1866
Size
wingspan 15-22 mm
Identification
Adult: forewing rose pink, crossed by sharp, narrow, toothed pale yellow AM and PM lines (sometimes incomplete); hindwing yellowish, shaded with brown
[description by Charles Covell]
Range
southern Ontario and New Jersey to Florida, west to Arizona, north to Alberta and British Columbia
Habitat
fields, meadows, wood edges where food plants grow; adults are nocturnal and attracted to light
Season
adults fly from May to September
Food
larvae feed on Horsemint (Monarda punctata), now called Spotted Beebalm, and in the northwest where punctata doesn't occur, probably Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) and/or Scarlet Beebalm (M. didyma); may also feed on Wild Bergamot throughout the extensive range of that plant
See Also
other reddish Pyrausta species have a darker forewing and/or lack a toothed PM line (see pinned specimens at MPG)
Print References
Walker, F. 1866 a: Supplement 4. – List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum, London 34: 1282.
Internet References
live adult image (Larry Line, Maryland)
pinned adult image (Insects of Cedar Creek, Minnesota)
distribution and food plant (Markku Savela, FUNET)
presence in Florida; list (Michael Thomas, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)
presence in Arizona pinned adult specimens (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
presence in Ontario; list (NHIC; Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources)
presence in Alberta; PDF list (Charles Bird, Moths of the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary, Alberta)