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Species Basilodes pepita - Gold Moth - Hodges#9781

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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 Stiriinae
Tribe Stiriini
Genus Basilodes
Species pepita (Gold Moth - Hodges#9781)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Basilodes pepita Guenée, 1852
Phylogenetic sequence # 931676 (1)
Caterpillar less than 40 mm
Caterpillar is distinctively patterned in orange, black and white. Crossed by alternating pale and smoky black rings, and each segment has an orange spot above the spiracle. Zigzagging white spots edged with black almost form a line under the spiracles. Head pale orange and underside pale yellow.(2)
Texas to Florida and Michigan.
Holotype males from Florida. (3)
The main flight period is July to October.
Mature caterpillars August to October.
Caterpillars feed on Verbesina spp., Wingstem or Crownbeard. See Illinois wildflowers site for information on the host plant.
Life Cycle
Overwinters as a pupa.
Caterpillar may tuck in its head and elevate the rear end of its body rather like a sawfly larva when disturbed.
See Also
Basilodes straminea from Arizona.
Forester Moth Caterpillars (Agaristinae) are somewhat similar.
Print References
Guenée, 1852. Noctuidae 2: 358; pl. 12, fig. 1.
Poole, R.W., 1995. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 26.1. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation: 120; pl. 4, fig. 13. (4)