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Species Heliolonche carolus - Hodges#11208

Unknown Bear Canyon Moth - Heliolonche carolus Unknown moth - Heliolonche carolus Moth on Chicory - Heliolonche carolus Heliolonche carolus Heliolonche carolus larva - Heliolonche carolus Heliolonche carolus larva - Heliolonche carolus Moth - Heliolonche carolus Moth - Heliolonche carolus
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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 carolus (Heliolonche carolus - Hodges#11208)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Heliolonche carolus McDunnough, 1936
* phylogenetic sequence #932185
Five Heliolonche species occur in America north of Mexico. (1)
Southern California and Arizona.
Larval host is Rafinesquia neomexicana Gray, and adults are frequently found nectaring on the blooms.
* - plant information
Life Cycle
A small number of large eggs are deposited deep into the flower heads New Mexico plumeseed and hatch in about four days. The young larvae feed exclusively on the developing seeds and later switch to dry, mature seeds. They pass through five instars and burrow underground to pupate, waiting to emerge at the next cycle of summer rains when the host is flowering anew (Hardwick, 1968).
A strictly diurnal species (Hardwick, 1968).
See Also
Heliolonche modicella - photos on Moth Photographers Group
Print References
Hardwick, D.F. 1968. The life history of Heliolonche carolus (Noctuidae). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 23(1): 26-30
McDunnough, J. 1936. A new Heliolonche from southern California (Lepid., Noctuidae). The Canadian Entomologist 68(2): pp 45-46 (abstract)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - range map, photos of living and pinned adults.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems - species account with collection map and photos of pinned adults.
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 .