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Species Schinia felicitata - Hodges#11163

Evening Primrose Schinia from western CA - Schinia felicitata Evening Primrose Schinia from western CA - Schinia felicitata Evening Primrose Schinia from western CA - Schinia felicitata Evening Primrose Schinia from western CA - Schinia felicitata Heliothinae? - Schinia felicitata Heliothinae? - Schinia felicitata Schinia felicitata Schinia felicitata
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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 Heliothinae
Genus Schinia (Flower Moths)
Species felicitata (Schinia felicitata - Hodges#11163)
Hodges Number
11163
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Schinia felicitata (Smith, 1894)
Alaria felicitata Smith 1894
Chlorocleptria imperialis Barnes and McDunnough 1911
Schinia felicitata Hardwick 1958
Identification
Upper side of forewing pastel pink, with tawny-yellow band along terminal edge; head pink; thorax and abdomen tawny-yellow above; upper side of hindwing dark (smoky grey-black).
Range
s CA through s NV, to sw UT and w AZ. (1)
Habitat
Desert dunes, or other sandy areas where host plant grows.(1)
Season
March-April(1)
Food
Larval host plant is the desert bird-cage evening primrose (Oenothera deltoides).
Life Cycle
Larva feed on buds, blossoms, and seed capsules of Oenothera deltoides and undergo five instars. See Hardwick(1) for further details.
Remarks
The pink wings of S. felicitata are thought to provide camoflage from predators when adults are resting on the host plant(1). The flowers of the host age to a pink color, and the buds and sepals are often reddish.
See Also
Schinia florida - upper hind wing white;
Schinia lynda - thought to be endemic to se OR, may be considered a darker subspecies of S. felicitata upon revision of the genus.
Print References
Hardwick, D.F. (1967). The Life History of Schinia felicitata (Noctuidae), Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 21(1): 22-26. (1)
Smith, J.B., 1894. Descriptions of new genera and species of Noctuidae. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 21: 86.
Works Cited
1.The Life History of Schinia felicitata (Noctuidae)
D.F. Hardwick. 1967. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 21(1): 22-26.
2.North American Moth Photographers Group
3.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems