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Species Neoheliodines vernius - Hodges#2502.7

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Yponomeutoidea (Ermine Moths and kin)
Family Heliodinidae (Sun Moths)
Genus Neoheliodines
Species vernius (Neoheliodines vernius - Hodges#2502.7)
Hodges Number
2502.7
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Neoheliodines vernius Hsu, 2005 (1)
* phylogenetic sequence #078425
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet vernius is from an adjective of Latin origin, vernis, meaning "spring," so named because it flies in the spring months. (1)
Size
Forewing length 3-4.3 mm. (1), (2)
Identification
Adult - original description available in Print References. (1)
Range
Arizona, California and Baja California, Mexico. (1)
Season
Records from late February through May. (1)
Food
Larvae feed in the flowers and fruits of desert wishbone-bush (Mirabilis laevis var. laevis; syn. Mirabilis californica) and wishbone-bush (Mirabilis laevis var. villosa; syn. M. bigelovii). (1), (2)
Life Cycle
Pupation probably occurs in debris near the host. Adults are diurnal but will visit night blooming flowers in late evening. (1)
See Also
Neoheliodines hodgesi flies from June through August. (1)
Embola powelli is another summer species, with only two silver markings on the inner forewing, not three, and the innermost one usually forms a transverse stripe.
Print References
Hsu, Yu-Feng & J.A. Powell, 2004. Phylogenetic Relationships within Heliodinidae and Systematics of Moths Formerly Assigned to Heliodines Stainton (Lepidoptera: Yponomeutoidea). University of California Publications in Entomology, 124: 64-67 (PDF)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Phylogenetic Relationships within Heliodinidae and Systematics of Moths Formerly Assigned to Heliodines Stainton
Yu-Feng Hsu & Jerry A. Powell. 2004. University of California Publications in Entomology 124.
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.