Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Bulia deducta (Morrison, 1875)
Syneda deducta Morrison, 1875
Syneda pavitensis Morrison, 1875
Cirrhobolina incandescens Grote, 1875
Cirrhobolina mexicana vulpina Grote, 1875
Cirrhobolina mexicana albina Grote, 1875
Phylogenetic sequence # 930885
Powell & Opler (2009) listed the forewing length 14-17 mm. (1)
Crumb (1956) reported the larvae mature to 24 mm. (3)
Pogue & Laughlin (2002) state that Bulia deducta and similaris are indistinguishable and can only be separated by genitalia and by geographic distribution in areas where their ranges do not overlap.
Powell & Opler (2009) described the larva having head brown and black, body grey with blackish stripes. (1)
Resident throughout the southwestern states from California(4)
and Nevada, east to Missouri and Mississippi, south into Mexico; it is a migrant in northwestern United States, and rarely Canada, with single or very few records from each of the 4 western provinces; also recorded from Florida(5)
, probably as a migrant, as the host plant (mesquite) doesn't occur in Florida.
Pogue & Laughlin (2002) have range maps in PDF.
Adults fly from March to October in the southwest; most numerous in July and August.
Larvae feed on mesquites
) (Pogue & Laughlin, 2002).(6)
Crumb, S.E. 1956. The larvae of the Phalaenidae. U.S. Department of Agriculture Technical Bulletin
, 1135: 274. (3)
Pogue, M.G. & A.C. Laughlin, 2002. A revision of the genus Bulia
(Walker Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society
, 56(3): 129-151. (PDF
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America
. University of California Press. pl. 44, figs. 5-6; p.258 (1)
distribution in Canada
as a non-resident in western provinces [omits Manitoba but the Canadian specimen examined by Pogue and Laughlin was collected in Manitoba] (CBIF)