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Species Heliothis belladonna - Hodges#11080

Patterned Moth with white eyespot - Heliothis belladonna Patterned Moth with white eyespot - Heliothis belladonna Heliothis belladonna
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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 Heliothis
Species belladonna (Heliothis belladonna - Hodges#11080)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Heliothis belladonna (Hy. Edwards, 1881)
Heliothis belladona * spelling on some checklists.
Melicleptria belladonna Hy. Edwards, 1881 (1)
Melicleptria anartoides (Strand, 1915)
Phylogenetic sequence # 932052
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet translates to beautiful gift. (2)
Heliothis has 10 species in America north of Mexico. (3)
Wingspan averages 33 mm. (Edwards)
Edwards (1881) original description as Melicleptria belladonna is online in the print references.
California and Arizona to Washington and Wyoming. (4), (5), (6)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Males of Heliothis belladonna have been captured in traps baited with commercial pheromone lures placed for Helicoverpa zea (Corn earworm moth). (7)
See Also
Compare on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group.
Print References
Edwards, 1881. Papilio 1: 20.