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Species Schinia mitis - Hodges#11169

Moth found on dandelion flower.  Schinia mitis (Grote, 1873) - Schinia mitis Moth - Schinia mitis Unknown caterpillar - Schinia mitis Hodges#11169 - Schinia mitis Hodges#11169 - Schinia mitis Hodges#11169 - Schinia mitis Matutinal Flower Caterpillar  - Schinia mitis Schinia from Tarrant Co, TX - Schinia mitis
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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 mitis (Schinia mitis - Hodges#11169)
Hodges Number
11169
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Schinia mitis (Grote, 1873)
Synonym: Schinia obliquata (Smith, 1891)
Explanation of Names
Mitis (L) = gentle, mellow
Range
Found from central Florida, north to Georgia and west to eastern Texas. (a)
Moth Photographers Group – distribution & flight-period chart
Season
Adults are on wing from April to June, but there are also records from September and November. (a)
Food
Larva: display an exclusive preference for Pyrrhopappus, a genus of flowering plants in the daisy family. (b)
Remarks
This is a day flying moth, which is only active for a few hours in the morning, when the flowers of its host plant are open. (a)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – images of live and pinned adults
BOLD Systems - images of pinned DNA supported specimens
Wikipedia - brief description and image of pinned adult
BAMONA – images of pinned adult