Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Lactura basistriga (Barnes & McDunnough, 1913)
Eustixis basistriga Barnes & McDunnough 1913
Adult: forewing white with dark speckling in upper and outer half, and two rows of widely-spaced dark red to blackish dots across wing; collar red, and red spots on shoulder and top of thorax; hindwing presumably red, as in Lactura pupula; femora red, and remainder of legs lighter red to pinkish
This description does not agree with the 2017 description by Matson and Wagner referenced below.
They describe the wings as pearly white with a sub costal dash and a distinctive pattern of red dots - see complete description in the article. - A. Hendrickson
Heppner (2003) reported the range as Florida to Texas; Mexico. (1)
Moth Photographers Group adds Arizona to Oklahoma and Arkansas. (2)
New 2017 Publication referenced below limits the range to Deep South Texas along the border with Mexico.
Adults are most common from February to July.
Heppner (2003) reported adults from February to March, May in Florida. (1)
Page creation based on Bob Patterson's identification of this image
See 2017 published description comparing it to [i]Lactura rubritegula[/].
forewing is white with distinct black streaks in outer half and along costa, and scattered elongate black spots in inner half
lacks a red collar [comment by Richard Brown via Bob Patterson]
Matson T. & D.L. Wagner, 2017. A New Cryptic Lactura from Texas (Lepidoptera, Zygaenoidea, Lacturidae).
ZooKeys, 711: 141–150