Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hemileuca chinatiensis (Tinkham, 1943)
Pseudohazi chinatiensis Tinkham, 1943
Explanation of Names
Type Locality: Shafter, Chinati Mountains, Texas
Tuskes (1978) reported 16 species in this genus in America north of Mexico. (1)
se NM to w. TX (Trans-Pecos) - Map
Adults reported in April; September into November.
Littleleaf sumac - Rhus microphylla
(Anacardiaceae) is the most commonly used foodplant. (2)
The larvae have a strong preference for flower buds over foliage. (Michael Van Buskirk, pers. comm. to MAQ, 2007)
Flight Time: Mainly late-morning to mid-afternoon (11AM to 3PM).
Compare on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group
Bowman, D.E. 1985. A range extension and dark phenotype of Hemileuca chinatiensis. Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera 24: 85.
Knudson, E. & C. Bordelon. 1999. Checklist of the Lepidoptera of the Guadalupe Mountains National Park
. Texas Lepidoptera Survey #4, 82 pp. (4)
Peigler, R.S. 1985. Description, distribution, and biology of a new Hemileuca (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) from western Texas and southern New Mexico. Nachrichten des Entomologischen Vereins Apollo (Frankfurt) 6(2): 113-124.
Tinkham, E.R. 1943. Description and biological notes on a new saturniid of the genus Pseudohazis
from the Big Bend region of Texas. The Canadian Entomologist
75: 159-162. Abstract and access
Tinkham, E.R. 1944. Faunistic notes on the diurnal Lepidoptera of the Big Bend Region of Trans-Pecos Texas, with the description of a new Melitaea. The Canadian Entomologist
76(1): 11-18. Abstract and access
Tuskes, P.M. 1978. A new species of Hemileuca
from the southwestern United States (Saturniidae). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society
32(2): 97-102. (1)
Tuskes, P.M., J.P. Tuttle & M.M. Collins. 1996. The Wild Silk Moths of North America. A natural history of the Saturniidae of the United States and Canada
. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York. p. 137 (2)