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Species Cirrhophanus triangulifer - Goldenrod Stowaway - Hodges#9766

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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 Amphipyrinae
Tribe Stiriini
Subtribe Stiriina
Genus Cirrhophanus
Species triangulifer (Goldenrod Stowaway - Hodges#9766)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Tickseed Moth
Explanation of Names
Cirrhophanus triangulifer Grote, 1872
3 spp. n. of Mex. (1)
wingspan 30-44 mm
Adult: body and wings bright shiny yellow; forewing streaked with orange; PM line broadly curved; hindwing may have slight grayish-brown shading (2).
in Canada, recorded from Ontario only
Adults may be found during the day on the flowers of goldenrod (Solidago spp.), Coreopsis species, Bidens species, and other yellow composites, where they are well-concealed.
Adults fly mainly in August and September - MPG
larvae feed on Spanish Needles (Bidens bipinnata) and other Bidens species
Print References
Covell, p. 138, plate 27 #8 (2)
Salsbury, p. 346--color photo (3)
Internet References
live adult image and common name reference [Goldenrod Stowaway] (Charles Lewallen, Oklahoma)
adult images (Larry Line, Maryland)
presence in Texas - University of Texas, Austin list
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.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.
3.Insects in Kansas
Glenn A. Salsbury and Stephan C. White. 2000. Kansas Dept. of Agriculture.