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Species Schinia unimacula - Hodges#11188

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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 Heliothinae
Genus Schinia (Flower Moths)
Species unimacula (Schinia unimacula - Hodges#11188)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Schinia unimacula Smith, 1891
synonymized with Schinia obliqua Hardwick, 1996
resurrected from synonymy Pogue and Harp, 2003
Phylogenetic sequence # 932168
Adult: forwing has straight median band with wide white area between basal and median bands; subterminal band consists of distinct subapical spot, then becomes faint medially and more distinct on inner margin; reniform spot large and distinct; forewing maculation seems to be darker and more contrasting in some Colorado specimens than those throughout rest of range; discal spot on hindwing can be present or absent; hindwing marginal band faint to almost absent
[adapted from description by Pogue and Harp]
western United States: California to Washington, east to Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico
adults fly from the end of June through October(1)
larvae presumably feed on Rubber Rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa) and Mojave Rabbitbrush (E. paniculata)
page creation based on Chuck Harp's identification of this image as reported by Bob Patterson in the comments on that page.
See Also
Schinia obliqua has two distinct bands across forewing in median and subterminal areas, and the species occurs only in western Texas, southwestern New Mexico, and southern Arizona (see Pogue and Harp PDF document below for comparison images and distributions of both species)
Print References
Pogue, Michael G., and Charles E. Harp 2003. Revised status of Schinia unimacula Smith including morphological comparisons with Schinia obliqua Smith (Lepidoptera: Nocyuidae: Heliothinae).(1)