Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Melanochroia chephise (Cramer, 1782)
Phalaena chephise Cramer, 1782
Tanagra expositata Walker, 1862
This genus was listed as 'Melanochroia' in Hodges et al 1983(2)
but corrected to Melanchroia in Parsons et al 1999.
Wingspan: 33mm based on Moth Photographs Group photo.(3)
The adult's white-tipped black wings are distinctive.
Florida and southern Great Plains, south to Paraguay / W. Indies - Map
Has strayed to Utah(5)
, Arizona, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, and Illinois, primarily in 2007 which was a phenominal year for the moth. (Several of these are new state records.)
Reaches its greatest abundance along the coastal plains of Texas and Florida.
Heppner (2003) reported January to December for Florida to Texas. (1)
Strays reported September to December in other states. (3)
Heppner (2003) listed several host plants. (1)
Amaranthus tricolor L. (Joseph's-coat).
Breynia nivosa (snow bush).
Casimiroa edulis La Llave (white sapote).
Euphorbia marginata Pursh (snow on the mountain).
Phyllanthus acidus (L.) Skeels (Tahitian gooseberry tree).
P. angustifolius (Sw.) Sw. (foliage flower).
Click on an image to view the life cycle:
, A.R., 1870. Transactions of the American Entomological Society
, 3: 186
Stoll, . in Cramer, Uitl. Kapellen
; plate 381, fig. E.