Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875 (1)
Formerly considered a color form of Heliothis phloxiphaga (2)
Phylogenetic sequence #
There are ten Heliothis
species listed for America north of Mexico.(1)
Forewing length 15-16 mm. (3)
Forewing median band is curved at the reniform compared to sharply angled in Heliothis phloxiphaga.
Hindwing is pale yellow or bright yellow-orange with a large black curved discal mark. There is a black terminal band which has a oblong yellow spot midway.
Hardwick (1994) reported the range as Alberta and Ontario, south to southern Idaho and northeastern Nevada. (2)
Moth Photographers Group extends the range to Nova Scotia, south to about Indiana.
Moth Photographers Group
- large map with some distribution data.
Adults appear to be most common from May to September. (4)
Hardwick (1994) recorded adults from mid June through September. (2)
Probably the flowers of Asters, and possibly also some of the same host plants as H. phloxiphaga (5)
Heliothis phloxiphaga has a bolder median band that is sharply angled at the reniform.
Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875. Nov. pl. 108, fig. 42.
Hardwick, D.F. 1994. Review of the Phloxiphaga group of the genus Heliothis
(Noctuidae: Heliothentinae) with descriptions of new species. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society. 48: 106