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

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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 Pyrrhia
Species exprimens (Purple-Lined Sallow - Hodges#11064)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Purple-lined Sun Moth (1)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
described in 1857 by Walker, who originally placed it in genus Heliothis
wingspan 35-38 mm
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. (2)

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
Newfoundland to British Columbia, south to North Carolina, Texas, Arizona, and California
open wooded areas, bogs, urban yards; adults are nocturnal and come to light
adults fly from May to August
Sweetfern, Polygonum spp. (2), willow, Prunus. General feeder on forbs and woody plants including legumes, chicory, columbine, dogbane, monkshood, pea, penstemon, poplar, rose, strawberry. (1)
Life Cycle
Larva; larva; adult
Covell notes that the species is uncommon. (2)
Handfield records it as common in Quebec. (3)
Print References
Covell, p. 141 (2)
Handfield, Louis. 1999. Les Guides des Papillons du Quebec. Broquet. 662 pp. (3)
Internet References
distribution in Canada listing provinces of occurrence (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)
Works Cited
1.Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2011. Princeton University Press.
2.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.
3.Les Guides des Papillons du Quebec
Louis Handfield. 1999. Broquet.