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Species Schinia luxa - Hodges#11203

Moth - Schinia luxa Pale Yellow Moth with Spots Adjacent to the Outer Margin - Schinia luxa Moth - Schinia luxa White speckled Moth - Schinia luxa Moth - Schinia luxa Schinia luxa Noctuoidea - Schinia luxa Schinia luxa? - Schinia luxa
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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 Heliothinae
Genus Schinia (Flower Moths)
Species luxa (Schinia luxa - Hodges#11203)
Hodges Number
11203
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Schinia luxa (Grote, 1881)
Bessula luxa Grote, 1881
Phylogenetic sequence #932066 (1)
Numbers
Size
Wingspan 30 mm (Grote, 1881).
Identification
Adult - forewing pale yellow with several dark dots in specific locations: one serves as the orbicular spot, another serves as the midpoint of the otherwise invisible AM line, and two more are spaced apart along the otherwise invisible PM line; reniform spot represented by a faint chevron; no visible subterminal line; terminal line composed of a series of dark dots; hindwing white. Figured by W. J. Holland. (2)
Range
Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas as far east as Big Bend National Park.
Habitat
Desert scrub.
Season
Adults fly in August and September.
Food
Larvae feed on blazingstar (Mentzelia) in the wild and readily take snap peas in captivity.
See Also
Schinia citrinellus forewing has a single dark dot, a faint subterminal line, lacks a dotted terminal line, and its hindwing has a broad blackish terminal band.
Trichocosmia inornata forewing has no dark dots.
Print References
Holland, W.J. 1915. The moth book: a polular guide to the knowledge of the moths of North America. p.221 (2)
Grote, A.R. 1881. Moths collected by Prof. Snow in New Mexico, with list of Eudriini. Papilio 1(9): 176
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - photos of pinned and living moths.
Southwestmoths.org - life cycle photos and info
Butterfliesandmooths.org - species page with distribution map
Chuck Harp - host plant, habitat and distribution
presence in California; list of 2 specimen records with dates and locations (U. of California at Berkeley)
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.The Moth Book
W. J. Holland. 1922. Doubleday, Page & Company.