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Species Heliothis ononis - Flax Bollworm Moth - Hodges#11077

Heliothis ononis - Hodges 11077 - Heliothis ononis No species page, Flax bollworm, 3:55pm - Heliothis ononis - female Heliothis oninis (Flax Bollworm moth)?  - Heliothis ononis Heliothis oninis (Flax Bollworm moth)?  - Heliothis ononis Heliothis oninis (Flax Bollworm moth)?  - Heliothis ononis Moth 404A 5169 - Heliothis ononis Heliothis ononis moth - Heliothis ononis
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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 Heliothis
Species ononis (Flax Bollworm Moth - Hodges#11077)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
described in 1775 by Denis and Schiffermuller, who originally placed it in genus Noctua
wingspan 24-26 mm
Adult: forewing light brown with darker reddish-brown scaling at base and on shoulders (tegulae); dark brown median band incorporates large black reniform spot; subterminal band dark, narrower in the middle; fringe reddish-brown; hindwing white with large black discal crescent and broad black terminal band containing pale double spot about midway along outer margin; fringe white
Alaska to Northwest Territories and Manitoba, south to Colorado
also occurs in Eurasia
grasslands, meadows, agricultural fields, roadsides, clearings
adults fly from May to July
larvae feed on seeds of flax (Linum spp.)
Life Cycle
Eggs are deposited in open flowers of foodplant. Early larval instars feed from within the seedhead on developing seed; later instars feed from outside the seedhead.
See Also
similar Heliothis species have less distinct/developed median bands and/or lack reddish shading on forewing (compare images of 4 species at CBIF)