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Species Heliolonche pictipennis - Hodges#11210

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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 Heliolonche
Species pictipennis (Heliolonche pictipennis - Hodges#11210)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Heliolonche pictipennis (Grote, 1875)
Phylogenetic sequence #932187
Wingspan: 16–17 mm (1)
FWL: 7 - 8 mm (2)
See PNW Moths reference for detailed description of adult
Adults are exclusively diurnal, flying in late spring and early summer. (2)
Larval food plants: Malacothrix glabrata, and Rafinesquia neomexicana, both closely related Asteraceae (HW). (1)
(See also U of AZ's Moths of Southeastern Arizona link below)
Life Cycle
The moths fly among the foodplants and rest on the flower. The moth is enclosed by the petals of Malacothrix when the flower closes in the afternoon. (2)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – images of live and pinned adults (3)
BOLD Systems - images of pinned DNA supported specimens (4)
Pacific Northwest Moths – detailed description & images of pinned adults (2)
Some California records at California Moth Database.
U of AZ's Moths of Southeastern Arizona lists food plants, and has a photo of a pinned specimen from Quatzsite, Yuma county, AZ.