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Species Syssphinx albolineata - White-lined Royal Moth - Hodges#7714

Royal Moth - Syssphinx albolineata - female Royal Moth - Syssphinx albolineata - female Royal Moth - Syssphinx albolineata Royal Moth - Syssphinx albolineata Sphingicampa albolineata - Syssphinx albolineata Sphingicampa albolineata - Syssphinx albolineata
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Bombycoidea (Silkworm, Sphinx, and Royal Moths)
Family Saturniidae (Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths)
Subfamily Ceratocampinae (Royal Moths)
Genus Syssphinx
Species albolineata (White-lined Royal Moth - Hodges#7714)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Sphingicampa albolineata (Grote & Robinson) (1)
Orig. Comb: Adelocephala albolineata Grote & Robinson, 1866
Syn: Syssphinx albolineata (Grote & Robinson)
Wing Span: 5.6 - 8 cm (Females larger than males) (BAMONA)
the younger caterpillars have the longer filaments:
Cochise Co., Arizona (as a stray?*); Cameron Co., Texas / Mexico - Map (MPG)
*Not listed for AZ by Bruce Walsh on his Moths of SE Arizona page. BAMONA reports one SEAZ record from July 1986 and July is also the single month record reported by MPG.
Thorn forest and ebony forest (BAMONA)
Two to three broods from April-November (BAMONA)
Probably on Acacia, Mimosa, or Leucaena (Fabaceae) (BAMONA)
Life Cycle
Caterpillars pupate and overwinter in chambers in the ground. Adults do not feed. (BAMONA)
uncommon in the US (MPG & BG data), rare even in Mexico (Godman & Salvin, 1886)
Print References
Ferguson, D.C. 1971. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 20.2a. E.W. Classey & R.D.B. Publications Inc. p. 55; plate 4, figs. 19-20. (2)
Godman, F.D. and O. Salvin. 1886. Biologia Centrali-Americana: Insecta, Lepidoptera, Heterocera 1: 171. (Full Text)
Grote, A.R. and C.T. Robinson. 1866. Lepidopterological notes and descriptions - no. 2. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Philadelphia 6: 1-30. (Full Text, Plate 1)
Works Cited
1.Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico.
Hodges, et al. (editors). 1983. E. W. Classey, London. 284 pp.
2.MONA - Saturniidae
D.C. Ferguson. 1971. E.W. Classey & R.D.B. Publications Inc.