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Species Lactura pupula - Hodges#2405

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Classification
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
Species pupula (Lactura pupula - Hodges#2405)
Hodges Number
2405
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Lactura pupula (Hübner, 1827)
Phylogenetic sequence # 075200
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. (1)
Size
Wingspan 17-25 mm. (2)
Identification
Adult: forewing white with several black streaks in upper half, and several black oblong spots in lower half; hindwing rosy pink to dark orange.
Range
Nebraska, Illinois and Kentucky, south to Florida through Texas. (3), (4)
Food
New growth of Sideroxylon species. (3)
Internet References
placement of Lactura in family Lacturidae by Heppner (Brian Pitkin, Butterflies and Moths of the World)
presence in Illinois; list (Illinois State Museum)
Works Cited
1. Lacturidae, new family (Lepidoptera: Zygaenoidea)
J. B. Heppner. 1995. Tropical Lepidoptera 6(2): 146-148.
2.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.
3.Revision of the North American Lactura (Lepidoptera, Zygaenoidea, Lacturidae)
Matson, T.A., D.L. Wagner, S.E. Miller. 2019. ZooKeys, 846: 75–116.
4.North American Moth Photographers Group