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Species Autoplusia egena - Bean-lead Skeletonizer Moth - Hodges#8891

Plusiine - Autoplusia egena Cocoon - Autoplusia egena Moth - Autoplusia egena Noctuid - Autoplusia egena Noctuid - Autoplusia egena Another Moth Possibly Same One as Previous Moth - Autoplusia egena Noctuidae: Autoplusia egena? - Autoplusia egena Noctuidae: Autoplusia egena? - Autoplusia egena
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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 Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Plusiinae (Looper Moths)
Tribe Plusiini
Subtribe Autoplusiina
Genus Autoplusia
Species egena (Bean-lead Skeletonizer Moth - Hodges#8891)
Hodges Number
8891
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Autoplusia egena (Guenée, 1852)
Plusia egena Guenée, 1852
Phylogenetic sequence #931172
Size
FWL ≈17-20 mm (1)
Identification
Ground light brown, dark reddish-brown with coppery iridescence between AM & PM ● Coppery iridescent patch below PM, both extending to apex ● Orbicular spot, ovate and reniform oblong, faint ● ST black, bidentate ● HW dull fuscous, lighter basally. (1)
Range
Florida, New Mexico, California, possibily Texas and Arizona (unconfirmed), and south to tropics (1)
Habitat
This tropical, non-diapausing species occurrs in North America, where the climate is appropriate for continuing generations. In warm seasons it migrates into the California Central Valley, producing several generations before colder weather arrives. (1)
Season
Multivoltine, with adults flying all year (1)
Food
This polyphagous species can find suitable host plants at different times of the year, including hollyhock, celery, carrot, larkspur, soybean, mallows, marigold, spearmint, groundsel and verbena. (1)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – images of pinned adults
Works Cited
1.Guide to the adult and larval Plusiinae of California (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae).
Thomas D. Eichlin. 1975. California Department of Agriculture Occasional Paper 21: 1-73.