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Species Pygarctia roseicapitis - Hodges#8253

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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 Erebidae
Subfamily Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths)
Tribe Arctiini (Tiger Moths)
Subtribe Phaegopterina
Genus Pygarctia
Species roseicapitis (Pygarctia roseicapitis - Hodges#8253)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Red-headed Pygarctia Moth
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Pygarctia roseicapitis (Neumoegen & Dyar, 1893)
Cycnia elegans var. roseicapitis Neumoegen & Dyar, 1893
Euchaetes roseicapitis
* phylogenetic sequence #930427
Explanation of Names
Roseicapitis is Latin meaning "rose-colored head." (1)
Forewing length 14-17 mm. (2)
Larva to 30 mm. (3)
Southern Arizona to Texas, south into Mexico. (2)
Adults fly May through September. (4)
Larvae feed on various spurges (Euphorbiaceae). (2) Found and reared on hyssopleaf sandmat (Chamaesyce hyssopifolia, Euphorbiaceae) in southern Arizona. (5)
Avoid attack of Pentatomidae and Vespidae predators and Diptera parasitoids by dropping from the plants to the ground.
See Also
Euchaetes elegans has white-to-pale-grayish antennae and the wings are dull white while P. roseicapitis has black antennae and the wings have a glossy sheen. P. flavidorsalis has an orange head. (6)
Print References
Neumoegen, B. & H.G. Dyar 1893. A preliminary revision of the Bombyces of America north of Mexico. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 1: 166
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. pl.48.15f, p.272 (2)