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Species Hemileuca magnifica - Hodges#7742

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Bombycoidea (Silkworm, Sphinx, and Royal Moths)
Family Saturniidae (Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths)
Subfamily Hemileucinae (Buck and Io Moths)
Tribe Hemileucini
Genus Hemileuca
Species magnifica (Hemileuca magnifica - Hodges#7742)
Hodges Number
7742
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hemileuca hera magnifica
Explanation of Names
Author: Rotger, 1948
Range
Replaces H. hera southward in southern Utah, southern Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.
Habitat
Sagebrush areas
Food
Woody Artemisia species, primarily A. filifolia, but others such as A. tridentata in areas where A. filifolia is absent (particularly in the San Luis Valley and in the mountains).
Life Cycle
Much as in H. hera. Eggs overwinter and hatch in spring (often with rains). Adults emerge mostly in July or August (sometimes later), do not feed, and lay eggs in rings on the host plants. At high elevations pupae overwinter a second winter and adults emerge in spring if their second (or later?) season. There is some evidence that pupae, and maybe eggs can remain dormant for several years.
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