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Genus Colocasia

Unknown Moth - Colocasia propinquilinea moth - Colocasia propinquilinea Caterpillar on red maple - Colocasia propinquilinea White Woolybear ? - Colocasia propinquilinea caterpillar - Colocasia flavicornis unknown moth - Colocasia flavicornis Closebanded Yellowhorn - Colocasia propinquilinea C. propinquilinea? - Colocasia propinquilinea - male
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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 Pantheinae
Genus Colocasia
2 species in North America (
2 species in Canada (CBIF)
wingspan 33-45 mm
The two species C. flavicornis and propinquilinea are very similar. Both have orange antennae and a circular dark-rimmed white orbicular spot. According to the description on Lynn Scott's site:
"The most obvious difference between the two species is the presence of the very dark "shield" in the median area when C. flavicornis has its wings closed. C. propinquilinea has no bar joining the am and pm lines across the median, and the median area is more or less the same shade of gray from costa to inner margin."
North America east of the Rockies
deciduous woodlands
adults fly from March to September
larvae feed on the leaves of a variety of deciduous trees
Internet References
pinned adult images of both species in North America (CBIF)