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Species Chloridea subflexa - Subflexus Straw Moth - Hodges#11070

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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 Chloridea
Species subflexa (Subflexus Straw Moth - Hodges#11070)
Hodges Number
11070
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Heliothis subflexa (Guenée, 1852)
Aspila subflexa Guenée, 1852
Phylogenetic sequence # 932055
Size
Forewing length 13-16 mm.(1), (2)
Identification
"In Heliothis subflexa the subterminal line ends in the apex of a forewing or very close to it. In Heliothis virescens the subterminal line ends noticeably below the apex. The green color of the forewings in H. virescens also is almost always darker than in H. subflexa." - Jan Metlevski's comment on this image:
Range
American tropics. Migrants from coast to coast in the south and north to Colorado, Nebraska, Kentucky. May establish temporary populations in Arizona and southern California.(1)
Food
Larval hosts are in the potato family (Solanaceae) including species of groundcherry (Physalis) and nightshade. (2)
Life Cycle
Life Cycle images:
larva inside Ground Cherry husk; larva; pupa; adult
Print References
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America, pl.52.32, p.291. (1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
2.A revision and cladistic analysis of the Heliothis virescens species-group (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) with a ...
Robert W. Poole, Charles Mitter, Milton Huettel. 1993. Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 185: 1-51.