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For the United States & Canada

Genus Schinia - Flower Moths

Schinia obscurata Moth ??? - Schinia obscurata Arcigera Flower Moth - Hodges#11128 - Schinia arcigera ID needed - Schinia oleagina Lynx Flower Moth - Schinia Goldenrod Flower Moth  - Schinia nundina Slender Flower Moth - Schinia gracilenta Schinia arcigera? - Schinia arcigera Schinia deserticola
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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 Schinia (Flower Moths)
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 123 species of the genus Schinia in America north of Mexico. (1)
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2011) added three additional species. (2)
Many species are brightly-colored, providing good camouflage against the flowers on which they feed and lay eggs. Forewing color ranges from white to near black, some with large amounts of pink or yellow, and a good number of darker brown species that have large pale patches that break up the moth's outline and resemble dappled areas of sunlight/shade.
All of United States and southern Canada (one species ranges north to Yukon Territory); species diversity much greater in the west, especially the southwest.
Adults and larvae are often found on or near the flowers of their host plant. Some adults fly during the day and others fly at night.
Larvae feed on flowerbuds and blooms of host plant, and seedpods later.
Internet References
pinned adult image thumbnails of 23 species in western Canada (CBIF)
pinned adult image thumbnails of 11 species in eastern Canada (CBIF)
Compare species on the MPG plates.
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.Additions and corrections to the checklist of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico
J. Donald Lafontaine & B. Christian Schmidt. 2011. Zookeys, 149.1805.