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Species Lactura basistriga - Hodges#2404

Lactura basistriga from Lower Rio Grande Valley - Lactura basistriga Lactura basistriga from Lower Rio Grande Valley - Lactura basistriga
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Zygaenoidea (Flannel, Slug Caterpillar, Leaf Skeletonizer Moths and kin)
Family Lacturidae (Tropical Burnet Moths)
Genus Lactura
Species basistriga (Lactura basistriga - Hodges#2404)
Hodges Number
2404
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Lactura basistriga (Barnes & McDunnough, 1913)
Eustixis basistriga Barnes & McDunnough 1913
Identification
White without speckling, an antemedial line of three red spots forming a slight arc and a postmedial line of four red spots forming a chevron. Lacks dorsal red scales on the tegula (patch of scales covering the wing base). See Matson & Wagner (2017). (1)
Range
Hidalgo Co. and Cameron Co., TX (1)
Season
Peak activity March to May and September into November. (1)
Food
Saffron plum (Sideroxylon celastrinum). (1)
See Also
Lactura nalli Matson & Wagner, 2019 (2) typically has reduced marking but is best separated by dissection.
Lactura rubritegula has a red scales on the base of the tegula as the name implies.