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Species Cecrita lunata - Hodges#7993

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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 Notodontidae (Prominent Moths)
Subfamily Heterocampinae
Genus Cecrita
Species lunata (Cecrita lunata - Hodges#7993)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cecrita lunata (Edwards, 1884)
Heterocampa lunata Edwards, 1884
Phylogenetic sequence # 930085 (1)
Explanation of Names
Cecrita lunata (Edwards, 1884), n. comb. in Becker (2014)(2), was formerly in the genus Heterocampa.
Powell & Opler (2009) reported a forewing length of 20-22 mm.(3)
See Miller et al. (2021)(4).
Edwards (1884) original description of Heterocampa lunata is available online in the print references.
Determined by Noel McFarland.
UT, CO, AZ, NM.(4)
Type locality: AZ.
Powell & Opler (2009) reported adults from May to July with the peak being June to July.(3)
April to September records are known.
Powell & Opler (2009) reported the larval host is unknown.(3)
Populus tremuloides (aspen) is suspected. (5)
The adults do not feed. (5)
Life Cycle
Powell & Opler (2009) reported the life cycle is unknown.(3)
See Also
Cecrita plumosa (Edwards, 1886) is best separated by genitalia where ranges overlap.
Print References
Edwards, H., 1884. Some new forms of N. American moths. Papilio 4: 44.
Dyar, H.G., 1925. A note on the larvae of the Dalceridae (Lepidoptera). Insecutor Inscitiae Menstruus, 13: 44-47.
Neumoegen, B. & H.G. Dyar, 1894. A preliminary revision of the lepidopterous family Notodontidae. A preliminary revision of the Bombyces of America north of Mexico. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, 2(1): 180.
Packard, A.S., 1895. Monograph of the Bombycine moths of America north of Mexico, including their transformations and origin of the larval markings and armature. Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences, 7: 248. (6)
Powell, J.A. & P.A., 2009. Opler, Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. p. 250; pl. 42, fig. 13. (3)
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.Checklist of New World Notodontidae (Noctuoidea)
Becker, V.O. 2014. Lepidoptera Novae, 7(1): 1-40.
3.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
4.Noctuoidea, Notodontidae (Part 2, Conclusion): Heterocampinae, Nystaleinae, Dioptinae, Dicranurinae
Miller, J.S., D.L. Wagner, P.A. Opler & J.D. Lafontaine. 2021. The Moths of America north of Mexico, Fascicle 22.1B: 1-443.
5.Pacific Northwest Moths
6.Bombycine moths of America north of Mexico, including their transformations and origin of the larval markings and armature.
Alpheus S. Packard. 1895. Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences 7: 5-390.
7.North American Moth Photographers Group
8.Butterflies of North America
9.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems
10.Moths of Southeast Arizona