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Species Schizura ipomaeae - Morning-glory Prominent - Hodges#8005

Caterpillar - Schizura ipomaeae caterpillar - Schizura ipomaeae Caterpillar or ? - Schizura ipomaeae Morning Glory Prominent - Schizura ipomaeae Caterpillar - Schizura ipomaeae Schizura ipomaeae Schizura ipomoeae - Schizura ipomaeae Weird Caterpillar - Schizura ipomaeae
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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 Notodontidae (Prominent Moths)
Subfamily Heterocampinae
Genus Schizura
Species ipomaeae (Morning-glory Prominent - Hodges#8005)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
False Unicorn Caterpillar (larva); Checkered-fringe Prominent
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Schizura ipomaeae Doubleday, 1841
Phylogenetic sequence # 930098
Explanation of Names
IPOMAEAE: from the genus name (Ipomoea) of morning-glory, allegedly one of the larval foodplants, and the origin of the common name Morning-glory Prominent
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed eight species of the genus Schizura in America north of Mexico. (1)
wingspan 36-47 mm
Adult: forewing highly variable - usually grayish-brown with inconspicuous pattern of black streaks and spots; lines broken, obscure; reniform spot blackish, ringed with ground color; black-shaded form "cinereofrons" predominant in some localities; form "telifer" has long black streaks in basal and subterminal areas; hindwing dirty white in male, dark gray in female
[adapted from description by Charles Covell]

Larva: fifth abdominal segment distinctly humped; 5-banded stripe on head; body light brown with contrasting green second and third thoracic segments
all of United States and across southern Canada. (2)
deciduous forests; adults are nocturnal and come to light
adults fly from April to September in the south; June to August in the north
larvae from May to October
larvae feed on leaves of beech, birch, elm, maple, oak, rose, and other woody plants; probably not morning-glory (3)
Life Cycle
one generation per year in the north
See Also
Schizura unicornis has a very similar caterpillar. The head stripes and humped A5 (fifth abdominal segment) of this species are listed as distinctive in Wagner (3) p. 314. S. unicornis also has a white V-shape over A6 and A7 which S. ipomoeae lacks.
Print References
Powell, J.A., and P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California. pl. 42, fig. 20; p. 251.(4)
Wagner (3)
Internet References
live adult images of dark form "cinereofrons" plus description, foodplants, flight season (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
live larva image plus description, foodplants, seasonality, life cycle (David Wagner and Valerie Giles, Caterpillars of Eastern Forests, USGS)
distribution in Canada list of provinces (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)