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Species Lactura pupula - Hodges#2405

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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
Species pupula (Lactura pupula - Hodges#2405)
Hodges Number
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)
Wingspan 17-25 mm. (2)
Adult: forewing white with several black streaks in upper half, and several black oblong spots in lower half; hindwing rosy pink to dark orange.
Nebraska, Illinois and Kentucky, south to Florida through Texas. (3), (4)
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