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Species Hemileuca chinatiensis - Chinati Sheepmoth - Hodges#7739

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Bombycoidea (Silkworm, Sphinx, and Royal Moths)
Family Saturniidae (Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths)
Subfamily Hemileucinae (Buck and Io Moths)
Tribe Hemileucini
Genus Hemileuca
Species chinatiensis (Chinati Sheepmoth - Hodges#7739)
Hodges Number
7739
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hemileuca chinatiensis (Tinkham, 1943)
Pseudohazi chinatiensis Tinkham, 1943
Explanation of Names
Type Locality: Shafter, Chinati Mountains, Texas
Numbers
Tuskes (1978) reported 16 species in this genus in America north of Mexico. (1)
Range
se NM to w. TX (Trans-Pecos) - Map (MPG)
Habitat
shrubby desert areas
Season
Adults reported in April; September into November.
Food
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)
Life Cycle
Flight Time: Mainly late-morning to mid-afternoon (11AM to 3PM).
See Also
Compare on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group. (3)
Print References
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)
Works Cited
1.A new species of Hemileuca from the southwestern United States (Saturniidae)
P. M. Tuskes. 1978. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 32(2): 97-102.
2.The Wild Silk Moths of North America: A Natural History of the Saturniidae of the United States and Canada
Paul M. Tuskes, James P. Tuttle, Michael M. Collins. 1996. Cornell University Press.
3.North American Moth Photographers Group
4.Checklist of the Lepidoptera of the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas:....
Charles W. Bordelon, Edward C. Knudson. 1999. Texas Lepidoptera Survey.
5.Butterflies of North America
6.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems