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Species Lactura atrolinea - Hodges#2403

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Classification
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 atrolinea (Lactura atrolinea - Hodges#2403)
Hodges Number
2403
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Lactura atrolinea (Barnes & McDunnough, 1913)
Mieza atrolinea Barnes & McDunnough, 1913
Formerly placed in the family Yponomeutidae, and Lactura was designated as the type-genus for the new family Lacturidae by Heppner in 1995. (1)
Numbers
There are six Lactura species found in America north of Mexico. (2)
Identification
The original description as Mieza atrolinea Barnes & McDunnough, is available online at the link in the print references below. A redescription including larval characteristics can be found in Matson, Wagner, & Miller, 2019. (2)

The only Lactura with nearly complete transverse lines. The related species have dots in various patterns. Hindwing is a solid salmon-orange color. Larvae can be identified by the presence of metallic blue dorsal warts. (2)
Range
South Texas. (2), (3)
Season
Adults are most common from March to May, September through November. (2), (3)
Food
New growth of saffron plum (Sideroxylon celastrinum). (2)
Print References
Barnes & McDunnough, 1913. Contributions to the Natural History of the Lepidoptera of North. 2: 144. (4)
Works Cited
1. Lacturidae, new family (Lepidoptera: Zygaenoidea)
J. B. Heppner. 1995. Tropical Lepidoptera 6(2): 146-148.
2.Revision of the North American Lactura (Lepidoptera, Zygaenoidea, Lacturidae)
Matson, T.A., D.L. Wagner, S.E. Miller. 2019. ZooKeys, 846: 75–116.
3.North American Moth Photographers Group
4.Contributions to the natural history of the Lepidoptera of North America (Vols. 1-4)
William Barnes and James Halliday McDunnough. 1911. Decatur ILL., The Review Press.