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Species Spragueia onagrus - Black-dotted Spragueia Moth - Hodges#9126

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Classification
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 Acontiinae (Bird Dropping Moths)
Tribe Acontiini
Genus Spragueia
Species onagrus (Black-dotted Spragueia Moth - Hodges#9126)
Hodges Number
9126
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Spragueia onagrus (Guenée, 1852)
Agrophila onagrus Guenée, 1852
Phylogenetic sequence # 931386
Numbers
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 12 species of the genus Spragueia in America north of Mexico.(1)
Size
Covell (1984) reported the wingspan as 15-17 mm. (2)
Identification
Alternating black and yellow bars in an ovate pattern basally. Rounded black reniform spot is unique for the genus. (2)
Range
Heppner (2003) listed the range to include North Carolina to Florida(3), and Mississippi to Texas. (4), (5), (2)
Habitat
Looking at various distribution maps, it seems to appear mostly along coastlines, being more widespread in Florida.
Season
The flight period is April to September. (6), (2)
Heppner (2003) reported March to November in Florida. (5)
Food
Covell (1984) and HOST database listed the following host plants. (7), (5)
Castanea pumila (L.) Mill. (chinquapin) Fagaceae.
Zea mays L. (corn) Gramineae.
HOST database included Baccharis halimifolia L. (eastern baccharis) Compositae. (7)
Print References
Covell, C.V., 1984. Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths. Houghton Mifflin Company, p. 150, pl. 30, fig. 16. (2)
Guenée, 1852. Historie Naturelle des Insectes. Species General des Lépidoptéres, 6: 205, pl. 10, fig. 2.