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Species Triocnemis saporis - Hodges#10174

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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 Amphipyrinae
Tribe Psaphidini
Subtribe Triocnemidina
Genus Triocnemis
Species saporis (Triocnemis saporis - Hodges#10174)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Triocnemis saporis Grote(1), 1881
Phylogenetic sequence # 931609 (2)
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed Triocnemis saporis as the only member of the the genus in America north of Mexico.(2)
Grote (1881) listed a wingspan of 27 mm.
Grote (1881) original description.
"White: Head and thorax white, with a brownish tuft behind on the thorax. Band of forewings white, bounded by the t. a. line, which makes a sharp sub-median projection and a slight notch on s. c. vein. Median space blackish; the stigmata indicated by white inner ringlets or anterior shades. T. p. line much exserted superiorly, running in opposite the dentation of the t. a. line. S. t. space narrow, white, with a black costal shade and some cuneiform marks at the middle. Terminal space, and fringes leaden gray; terminal line a succession of white streaks. Hind wings fuscous, paler within a narrow median white band. Beneath, with markings reflected."
Wahington and Idaho to Baja California, and western Texas. (3), (4)
Adults are most common from March to September based in part on Moth Photographers Group records. (5), (6)
The larval hosts include:
Eriogonum pusillum (yellowturbans).
Eriogonum inflatum (desert trumpet).
Eriogonum fasciculatum (Eastern Mojave buckwheat).
Print References
Grote, A.R., 1881. New western moths. Papilio 1: 77.
Medlar, W.P., 1940. Notes on the life histories of two western North American moths. Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences 39(2): 121.