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Species Coloradia luski - Lusk's Pine Moth - Hodges#7726

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Bombycoidea (Silkworm, Sphinx, and Royal Moths)
Family Saturniidae (Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths)
Subfamily Hemileucinae (Buck and Io Moths)
Tribe Hemileucini
Genus Coloradia
Species luski (Lusk's Pine Moth - Hodges#7726)
Hodges Number
wingspan 50-88 mm; male considerably smaller than female
Adult: forewing speckled gray with black zigzag PM and ST lines that sometimes touch; reniform spot represented by a black discal dot; AM line black, jagged, with elongate projection that touches the reniform spot (a diagnostic feature); hindwing variably pale gray to pink with large black discal spot and dark PM and ST lines
southwestern United States (Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico) south into Mexico
pine forests
adults fly from June to August
larvae feed on leaves of pine (Pinus spp.)
adults do not feed
Life Cycle
one generation per year; overwinters as a pupa in loose cocoon in soil
See Also
in other Coloradia species, the forewing AM line does not touch the reniform spot