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Species Sparganothis senecionana - Hodges#3714

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Tortricoidea (Tortricid Moths)
Family Tortricidae (Tortricid Moths)
Subfamily Tortricinae
Tribe Sparganothini
Genus Sparganothis
Species senecionana (Sparganothis senecionana - Hodges#3714)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Sparganothis senecionana (Walsingham, 1879)
Oenectra senecionana Walsingham, 1879 (1)
Oenectra rudana Walsingham, 1879 (1)
Phylogenetic sequence #620406
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet for the host plant genus (Senecio) it was first reared on. (1)
Wingspan 16-19 mm. (1)
Forewing length 7.5-12.5 mm. (2)
Adult - see original description in Print References. (1)
Powell & Opler (2009) describe the following variations, noting that most populations have a pale gray hindwing with some specimens of both sexes having an entirely rust colored forewing: (2)
Typical Form (North Coast Ranges of California) - males golden with distinct rust to rust brown pattern. Females usually darker with obscured markings.
Sierra Nevada West Slope - like typical form with more extensive rust scaling.
Sierra Nevada above the timberline - much darker, brownish gray with dark brown markings. Hindwing dark gray.
Beach Populations - white with well-defined dark blood-red markings.
Interior Ventura County - white with narrow pale rust markings.
Powell & Opler (2009) gives the range in the west as British Columbia to Baja California, also Alberta to Colorado to Arizona. (2) Moth Photographers Group shows eastern records from Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. (3)
Syntypes (3 ♂ , 2 ♀) : California, Lake County to Mount Shasta, June 20th to August 6th (Walsingham); southern Oregon, larva taken on Senecio in May (Walsingham). (1)
Widespread in the west, absent from deserts. (2)
Larvae often feed on flowers and are incredibly polyphagous, including toxic plants avoided by many generalists, and occasionally even conifers. (2)
Print References
Walsingham, Lord. 1879. North-American Torticidae. Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the British Museum. 4: 17 (1)
Works Cited
1.North-American Torticidae
Thomas, Lord Walsingham. 1879. Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the British Museum. 4.
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
3.North American Moth Photographers Group