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Species Schinia gaurae - Clouded Crimson - Hodges#11168

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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)
Species gaurae (Clouded Crimson - Hodges#11168)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Gaura Moth
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Schinia gaurae (J.E. Smith, 1797)
Phalaena gaurae J.E. Smith 1797
Phylogenetic sequence # 932083 (1)
Explanation of Names
gaurae refers to host plant Gaura
wingspan 28-32 mm
Adult: forewing has diagonal crimson streak running from costa near apex toward center of wing; remainder of wing pale yellow or cream-colored, with pink shading mostly in basal and terminal areas; hindwing white with pink shading at apex; sexes similar
Larva: resembles small version of Monarch Butterfly larva - body has dorsal bands of black, white, and yellow; head reddish-brown
(2), (3)
dry grasslands in association with the host, Gaura; adults are mainly nocturnal and come to light, but may also be found flying around the blossoms of Gaura during the day
adults fly from June to September. (4)

larvae from April to midsummer
two adult flights in Texas and Oklahoma June to October(5)
larvae feed on flowering parts of several species of Gaura (Onagraceae)
See Also
Moth Photographers Group - photos of related species for comparison.
Print References
Powell, J.A., & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America, p. 292, pl.52.44. (5)