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Species Melanchroia chephise - White-tipped Black - Hodges#6616

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon (Moths)
Superfamily Geometroidea
Family Geometridae (Geometrid Moths)
Subfamily Ennominae
Tribe Boarmiini
Genus Melanchroia
Species chephise (White-tipped Black - Hodges#6616)
Hodges Number
6616
Other Common Names
Snowbush spanworm. (1)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Melanochroia chephise (Cramer, 1782)
Phalaena chephise Cramer, 1782
Synonym
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.
Size
Wingspan: 33mm based on Moth Photographs Group photo.(3)
Identification
The adult's white-tipped black wings are distinctive.
Range
Florida(4) and Texas(5), south to Paraguay.
Has strayed to Utah(6), Arizona, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, and Illinois, primarily in 2007 which was a phenominal year for the moth. (Several of these are new state records.)
Habitat
Reaches its greatest abundance along the coastal plains of Texas and Florida.
Season
Heppner (2003) reported January to December for Florida to Texas. (1)
Strays reported September to December in other states. (3)
Food
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).
Life Cycle
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Print References
Grote(7), A.R., 1870. Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 3: 186.
Stoll, [1782]. in Cramer, Uitl. Kapellen 4(32-32): 182; plate 381, fig. E.