Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Schinia felicitata (Smith, 1894)
Alaria felicitata Smith 1894
Chlorocleptria imperialis Barnes and McDunnough 1911
Schinia felicitata Hardwick 1958
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).
s CA through s NV, to sw UT and w AZ. (1)
Desert dunes, or other sandy areas where host plant grows.(1)
Larval host plant is the desert bird-cage evening primrose (Oenothera deltoides
Larva feed on buds, blossoms, and seed capsules of Oenothera deltoides
and undergo five instars. See Hardwick(1)
for further details.
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
are often reddish.
- upper hind wing white;
- thought to be endemic to se OR, may be considered a darker subspecies of S. felicitata
upon revision of the genus.
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