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Species Xanthothrix ranunculi - Hodges#9772

Xanthothrix ranunculi f. albipuncta - Xanthothrix ranunculi Xanthothrix ranunculi f. albipuncta - Xanthothrix ranunculi Coreopsis moth - Xanthothrix ranunculi Coreopsis moth - Xanthothrix ranunculi Desert Moths - Xanthothrix ranunculi Desert Moths - Xanthothrix ranunculi
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Classification
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 Xanthothrix
Species ranunculi (Xanthothrix ranunculi - Hodges#9772)
Hodges Number
9772
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Xanthothrix ranunculi Hy. Edwards, 1878
* phylogenetic sequence #931671
Size
Forewing length 8-11 mm (Powell & Opler, 2009).(1)
Larva to 13 mm (Comstock & Henne, 1941).
Food
Comstock & Henne reared them on Douglas' tickseed (Coreopsis douglasii).(1)
"The hostplant is Coreopsis stillmanii and grows in small patches of serpentine soils on southern facing slopes along the central valley." Chris Grinter, The Skeptical Moth, on possible subspecies Xanthothrix ranunculi f. albipuncta.
Remarks
The form Xanthothrix ranunculi f. albipuncta was described by Barnes and Benjamin in 1925, then totally forgotten about until now. Form basically equals subspecies now, but it's unclear. It will probably be elevated to full species status, pending DNA work. This population is hundreds of miles disjunct from the nominate species, which has no white spot 100% of the time. … Chris Grinter, 6 April, 2010
Print References
Comstock, J. A. & C. Henne 1941. Notes on the early stages of Xanthothrix ranunculi. Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences 39(3): 198-199, pl.32
Poole, R. W. 1995. Moths of America North of Mexico. Fascicle 26.1: p.113, pl.4.3-5
Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. pl.52.6m, p.288
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page
The Skeptical Moth - Chris Grinter
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.