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Species Trichocosmia inornata - Hodges#10219

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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 Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tribe Hadenini
Genus Trichocosmia
Species inornata (Trichocosmia inornata - Hodges#10219)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Trichocosmia inornata Grote(1), 1883
Caradrina drasteroides Smith, 1903
Phylogenetic sequence # 932819
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 2 species of the genus in America north of Mexico. (2)
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2011) placed Trichocosmia drasteroides as a synonym of T. inornata leaving one species in the genus. (3)
Wingspan about 25 mm, based on photo by Bruce Walsh from Arizona
Adult: forewing uniformly pale yellowish except for faint whitish subterminal line and very slightly darker shading in subterminal/postmedial area; hindwing white; top of head and thorax same color as forewing.
Usually the forewing markings are faint but can be well developed as in this individual. These more maculate forms were formerly referred to as Trichocosmia drasteroides. (3)

Specimen identified by DNA analysis:
Texas(4) to California and Utah(5). (6)
The main flight period is March to September with some flying earlier.
The type specimens (a total of 6 males and females) were collected in Arizona.
See Also
Schina luxa forewing has several dark dots
Schina citrinellus forewing has a dark discal dot, and hindwing has broad blackish terminal band
Also see photos of S. citrinellus and S. luxa
Schinia snowi has a dark gray hindwing and does not occur west of Texas and Colorado
Sparkia immacula (Hodges #10218) forewing has no visible subterminal line

Print References
Grote, A.R. 1883. New species and notes on structure of moths and genera. The Canadian Entomologist. 15: 6.
Smith, J.B. 1903. New Noctuids for 1903.-No. 1. The Canadian Entomologist. 35: 13.
Internet References
presence in California; list of 8 specimen records with dates and locations (U. of California at Berkeley)
type specimen locality and references (Brian Pitkin et al, Butterflies and Moths of the World)