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Species Schinia arcigera - Arcigera Flower Moth - Hodges#11128

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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 Schinia (Flower Moths)
Species arcigera (Arcigera Flower Moth - Hodges#11128)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Arc-lined Flower Moth
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Schinia arcigera (Guenée, 1852)
Anthoecia arcigera Guenée, 1852
Lygranthoecia limbalis Grote, 1875
Phylogenetic sequence # 932134 (1)
Forewing length 9-12 mm (Powell & Opler, 2009)(2)
Wingspan 22-25 mm
Adult - forewing dark brown with paler grayish-brown median and terminal areas; dark brown areas often tinted with red or purple; AM and PM line white, sometimes faint; AM line arc-shaped, and PM line slightly wavy, almost straight; hindwing of male black on outer half, bright yellow on inner half, with rectangular black discal spot; hindwing of female dark brown to blackish with pale fringe.
Nova Scotia to Florida, west to Arizona and Idaho, north to Saskatchewan.
Fields with hostplant (asters); adults may be found on flowers during the day, but are mainly nocturnal and come to light.
Adults fly from July to September, perhaps to October-November in south.
Larvae feed on asters: Aster laevis, puniceus reported by Fauske in North Dakota, and additionally Aster ericoides reported by Handfield in Quebec; Slender Tansyaster (Psilactis tenuis) is a foodplant in southern Texas [Hardwick, reported by Bruce Walsh].
Adults feed on flower nectar of herbaceous plants.
Life Cycle
Eggs are laid on flowers of the foodplant; one generation per year in the north.
See Also
Ragweed Flower Moth forewing is blackish-gray and lighter gray with a deeply curved PM line, and hindwing of male is unmarked and has no yellow (compare images of both species at CBIF)

Schinia jaguarina forewing is paler yellowish-brown
Print References
Boisduval, J. A. & A. Guenée 1852. Histoire naturella des Insectes. Lépidoptère 4, Noctuilites 2: 184
Covell Jr., C. V. 1984. A field guide to the moths of eastern North America, p.143, pl.29 #20, 21 (3)
Grote, A. R. 1875. On North American Noctuae. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 27: 421 (Lygranthoecia limbalis)
Handfield, Louis. 1999. Les Guides des Papillons du Quebec. Broquet. 662 pp.
Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler. 2009. Moths of Western North America, p.292, Pl.52.42.(2)
Works Cited
1.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
3.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
4.North American Moth Photographers Group
5.Butterflies of North America
6.Pacific Northwest Moths