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Species Spilosoma vagans - Wandering Tiger - Hodges#8138

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Erebidae
Subfamily Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths)
Tribe Arctiini (Tiger Moths)
Subtribe Spilosomina
Genus Spilosoma
Species vagans (Wandering Tiger - Hodges#8138)
Hodges Number
8138
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Spilosoma vagans – (Boisduval, 1852)
Diacrisia vagans - Hampson, 1901
Arctia vagans - Boisduval, 1852
Numbers
one of eight species in the genus for North America north of Mexico(1)
Size
forewing length 1.3-1.6 cm(2)
Identification
forewing and hindwings are extremely variable
Range
southern British Columbia south to Colorado and most of California
Season
adults fly from late May to early July(2)
Food
larvae feed on perennial lupine leaves during the night(2)
Remarks
males are often attracted to lights; females are dinural and seldom seen at lights(2)
Print References
Hodges, Ronald W. (ed.) 1983. Check List of the Lepidoptera of America North of Mexico. (3)
Powell, J. A., and P. A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. pl. 47.25, 47.26; p. 270.(2)
Lafontaine JD, Schmidt BC (2010) Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America North of Mexico. p. 18.(1)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - range map, photos of living and pinned adults.
Moth Photographers Group - photograph pinned adult and related species for comparison.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems - species account with photographs of pinned adults and DNA sequence
Works Cited
1.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
3.Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico.
Hodges, et al. (editors). 1983. E. W. Classey, London. 284 pp.