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Species Pyrrhia exprimens - Purple-Lined Sallow - Hodges#11064

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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 Heliothinae
Genus Pyrrhia
Species exprimens (Purple-Lined Sallow - Hodges#11064)
Hodges Number
11064
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
described in 1857 by Walker, who originally placed it in genus Heliothis
Size
wingspan 35-38 mm
Identification
Adult: forewing has sharply bent median line, dark purple pm. line. Forewing brown/orange on basal side of median line, purple shading on terminal side of the median line. Hindwing has purple/black border. (1)

Larva: fourth instar body green with white lateral stripe and many black dots; fifth instar white with dark yellow lateral stripe and many black dots
Range
Newfoundland to British Columbia, south to North Carolina, Texas, Arizona, and California
Habitat
open wooded areas, bogs, urban yards; adults are nocturnal and come to light
Season
adults fly from May to August
Food
Sweetfern and Polygonum spp. (1)
Life Cycle
Life Cycle Images:
larva; adult
Remarks
Covell notes that the species is uncommon. (1)
Handfield records it as common in Quebec. (2)
Print References
Covell, p. 141 (1)
Handfield, Louis. 1999. Les Guides des Papillons du Quebec. Broquet. 662 pp. (2)
Internet References
species account and flight season chart in Alberta (Strickland Entomological Museum, U. of Alberta)
distribution in Canada listing provinces of occurrence (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.
2.Les Guides des Papillons du Quebec
Louis Handfield. 1999. Broquet.