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Species Spragueia leo - Common Spragueia - Hodges#9127

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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 Acontiinae (Bird Dropping Moths)
Tribe Acontiini
Genus Spragueia
Species leo (Common Spragueia - Hodges#9127)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Spragueia leo (Guenée, 1852)
Agrophila leo Guenée, 1852
* phylogenetic sequence #931387
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet leo is Greek meaning "lion."
There are 12 named species of Spragueia in America north of Mexico. (1)
Wingspan: 12-18 mm. (2)
Adult - bright forewing pattern of orange, yellow, and black. Long black median dash that widens toward the apex. Dash may not be solid. (2)
Southeast Massachusetts, south to Florida, west to Texas and Kansas (2)
Most records of adults are from April-September. (3), (2)
Bindweed, Convolvulus L. (2), Ragweed
Life Cycle
Larva; adult
See Also
Spragueia dama

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Spragueia magnifica, a western species.
Print References
Covell, p. 150 & plate 30 #12 (2)
Guenée, A. 1852. Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères 6, Noctuélites 2: 205
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.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
3.North American Moth Photographers Group