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Species Euscirrhopterus cosyra - Staghorn Cholla Moth - Hodges#9308

Cactus caterpillar - Euscirrhopterus cosyra Staghorn Cholla Moth - Euscirrhopterus cosyra Caterpillar - Euscirrhopterus cosyra Possible notodontidae? - Euscirrhopterus cosyra Euscirrhopterus cosyra Euscirrhopterus cosyra ? - Euscirrhopterus cosyra Euscirrhopterus cosyra ? - Euscirrhopterus cosyra Staghorn Cholla Moth? - Euscirrhopterus cosyra
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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 Agaristinae
Genus Euscirrhopterus
Species cosyra (Staghorn Cholla Moth - Hodges#9308)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Euthisanotia cosyra Druce, 1896
* phylogenetic sequence #931974
Forewing length 1.7-1.9 mm (Powell & Opler, 2009).(1)
Southern and western Texas, southern New Mexico to southern Arizona.
Adults seen May-October.
Assorted Cactaceae, favoring new growth on Pricklypear (Opuntia species), and especially on Cholla (Cylindropuntia species), but reported from genera as unrelated as Carnegeia (Saguaro).
In Arizona commonly found on Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa, C. arbuscula, C. spinosior, C. versicolor, etc.
Reported as reared on Cylindropuntia leptocaulis in Texas, and commonly found on C. leptocaulis, C. kleiniae, and sometimes C. imbricata in Texas and s. New Mexico.
Life Cycle
Larvae feed externally on cactus, rather than boring inside like many other cactus-feeders (Powell & Opler, 2009).(1)
See Also
Euscirrhopterus gloveri
Euscirrhopterus poeyi
Print References
Druce, H. 1896. Supplement Heterocera. Biologia Centrali-Americana 2 : 328
Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. pl.51.3f, p.283
Internet References - species page
Moths of Southeastern Arizona - photo of pinned adult
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.