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Genus Lactura

Gregarious caterpillars - Lactura pupula white micro moth, red spots - Lactura subfervens yellow-green caterpillar with black stripes2 - Lactura atrolinea  Lactura basistriga - Lactura subfervens Lactura subfervens (Walker) - Lactura subfervens Lactura rubritegula Lactura pupula Moth - Lactura pupula
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Zygaenoidea (Flannel, Slug Caterpillar, Leaf Skeletonizer Moths and kin)
Family Lacturidae (Tropical Burnet Moths)
Genus Lactura
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
formerly placed in family Yponomeutidae, Lactura was subsequently designated as the type-genus for the new family Lacturidae within the Zygaenoidea by Heppner in 1995
Explanation of Names
Lactura Walker, 1854
6 species in North America:
Lactura atrolinea (Barnes & McDunnough, 1913)
Lactura basistriga (Barnes & McDunnough, 1913)
Lactura nalli Matson & Wagner, 2019
Lactura pupula (Hübner, [1831])
Lactura rubritegula Matson & Wagner, 2017
Lactura subfervens (Walker, 1854)
Wingspan of 17-26 mm (1)
For both adults and larvae see Matson, Wagner & Miller (1)
Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky, south to Florida and Texas. (1)
Univoltine across most of their range with the exceptions of southernmost Texas and Florida, adults are most prevalent in early spring. (1)
Larvae feed exclusively on the new growth of Sideroxylon species. (1)
See Also
Matson, Wagner & Miller. (1)
Print References
Heppner (2018) recommended that all New World species of Lactura be reassigned to the genus Enaemia Zeller 1872.

Heppner, J. B. 2018. Reassessment of Old World Lactura and validity of Enaemia for New World species (Lepidoptera: Zygaenoidea: Lacturidae). Lepidoptera Novae 11(1–2): 7–14.
Internet References
pinned adult image and distribution of L. pupula (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
pinned adult image of L. pupula plus photos of related species by Jim Vargo (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult images of L. pupula (All-Leps)
common name reference of family (Tree of Life Web Project)
placement of Lactura in family Lacturidae by Heppner (Brian Pitkin, Butterflies and Moths of the World)
presence in Florida; list of 2 species (John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)
presence in Texas; list of L. pupula (Dale Clark, Texas)
presence in Illinois; list of L. pupula (Illinois State Museum)
Works Cited
1.Revision of the North American Lactura (Lepidoptera, Zygaenoidea, Lacturidae)
Matson, T.A., D.L. Wagner, S.E. Miller. 2019. ZooKeys, 846: 75–116.