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Species Schinia florida - Primrose Moth - Hodges#11164

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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 florida (Primrose Moth - Hodges#11164)
Hodges Number
Wingspan 27-36 mm
Forewing bright pink, with yellow in lower basal area beyond the subterminal line; head pink; thorax and abdomen yellow above, pink below; hindwing white above; underside of all wings light yellow, with broad pink band along costa.
Newfoundland to northern Florida, west to eastern California, north to Alberta.
Fields, clearings, waste places where host plant grows; adults rest on host plant flower stems or inside blooms during the day, and fly at night (adults attracted to light)
Adults fly from late June to September (peak numbers in July and August).
Larvae feed on flower buds but not leaves of evening primrose (Oenothera spp.); also reported on Gaura.
Life Cycle
Eggs are laid on flower buds of host plant. One generation a year.
See Also
Rosy Maple Moth (Dryocampa rubicunda)...eastern US & Can. to e TX;
Pink-spotted Flower Moth (Erythroecia suavis)...mid-west from MN to AZ; and
Shinia felicitata...western US, from s CA to sw UT and w AZ.
Internet References
Pinned adult images of upper and lower surfaces (Insects of Quebec)
Pinned adult image plus habitat, description, food plants, distribution, biology (U. of Alberta)
Pinned adult image plus food plant, distribution, and similar species (Gerald Fauske, Moths of North Dakota)
Pinned adult image and US distribution map [missing data from eastern states] (Paul Opler, Moths of North America; USGS)
Pinned adult image (A.W. Thomas, Canadian Forest Service)
Common name reference plus food plant and flight season (Ohio State U.)
Presence in Newfoundland - several live adult images with locations and dates (Govt. of Newfoundland and Labrador)
Pinned adult image of upper and lower surfaces, identification, biology, etc. (Pacific Northwest Moths)