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Species Cycnia collaris - Hodges#8229

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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 Erebidae
Subfamily Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths)
Tribe Arctiini (Tiger Moths)
Subtribe Phaegopterina
Genus Cycnia
Species collaris (Cycnia collaris - Hodges#8229)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Unexpected Cycnia
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cycnia collaris (Fitch, 1857)
Hyphantria collaris Fitch, 1857
Euchaetes pudens Edwards, 1882
Cycnia inopinatus (Edwards, 1882) (1)
Cycnia inopinatus (H. Edwards, 1882)
Cycnia tenerosa (Dyar, 1913)
* Phylogenetic sequence #930402
There are three named species of Cycnia in America north of Mexico.(2)
Moth varies phenotypically with wings from white to gray and patigia from yellow to gray. (1)
Arizona to Oklahoma and Florida.
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data
(inopinatus) primarily associated with high quality barrens remnants (3)
Possibly two flights in April and October.
(inopinatus) larvae feed on milkweeds, Aesclepias spp.
Life Cycle
1.larva 2.leaf shelter with pupa 4.pupal case
All images previously placed in C. inopinatus have been moved to C. collaris as a result of synonomy per Lafontaine & Schmidt, 2015 (1).
See Also
Cycnia tenera forewing has yellow along the costa past the midpoint. Wings of C. collaris are darker.

Cycnia oregonensis also found in eastern North America, has no yellow along the forewing costa or on the thorax, and its abdomen is a darker orange-yellow.
Print References
Edwards, H., 1882. (inopinatus) New species of Heterocera. Papilio. 2: 13
Lafontaine JD, Schmidt BC (2010) Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America North of Mexico. p. 20.(2)
Lafontaine, J. Donald and B. Christian Schmidt. 2015. Additions and corrections to the check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico III. ZooKeys 527: 127–147 (available here)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - map with some distribution data, living and pinned adults.
BOLD - collection map and pinned adults.

(inopinatus) BAMONA
(inopinatus) Papilio, v.2, p.13 Henry Edwards' original description of the species
(inopinatus) U. Minnesota
Works Cited
1.Additions and corrections to the check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico III
Lafontaine J.D. & B.C. Schmidt. 2015. ZooKeys 527: 127-147.
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.Conservation Assessment for the unexpected tiger moth (Cycnia inopinatus (Edwards))
James Bess. 2005. USDA Forest Service, Eastern Region, Milwaukee. iii + 27pp.