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Species Pareuchaetes insulata - Yellow-winged Pareuchaetes - Hodges#8227

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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 Erebidae
Subfamily Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths)
Tribe Arctiini (Tiger Moths)
Subtribe Phaegopterina
Genus Pareuchaetes
Species insulata (Yellow-winged Pareuchaetes - Hodges#8227)
Hodges Number
8227
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Pareuchaetes insulata (Walker)
Orig. Comb: Halesidota insulata Walker 1855
Phylogenetic sequence #930387
Numbers
Pareuchaetes insulata is the only member of the genusPareuchaetes in America north of Mexico. (1),(2)
Size
Wingspan 26-38 mm (3)
Identification
Forewing color is clay yellow with no other markings.
Range
se AZ, c. to s. TX, s. FL, plus a few strays to se US - Map (4), (5)
Cuba, Mexico to central South America. (5)
Season
Adults are most common from April through November.
Heppner (2003) reported adults year round in Florida. (6)
Food
Chromolaena odorata [=Eupatorium odoratum] and other mistflowers (3) Captive larvae accept many plants (7)
Plant Info - USDA Plants Database
Heppner (2003) listed Ageratum sp. and Hernandia sonora. (6)
Remarks
Although it is native to Mexico and the U.S. Gulf Coast and a popular nectar plant in the southern U.S., Chromolaena odorata has become a noxious weed on Pacific Islands, Australia, and South Africa. This moth has been released as a biological control agent against this plant where it's a pest.
Print References
Grote (8), A.R., 1865. Notes on the Bombycidae of Cuba. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Philadelphia. 5: 245.
Works Cited
1.Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico.
Hodges, et al. (editors). 1983. E. W. Classey, London. 284 pp.
2.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 .
3.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
4.North American Moth Photographers Group
5.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems
6.Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas: Lepidoptera of Florida
J.B. Heppner. 2003. Florida Department of Agriculture 17(1): 1-670.
7.Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2005. Princeton University Press.
8.Augustus Radcliffe Grote, Lepidopterist (1841-1903)
9.Butterflies of North America