Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

Information about the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa


TaxonomyBrowse
Info
ImagesLinksBooksData

Species Euscirrhopterus gloveri - Purslane Moth - Hodges#9307

Instar - Euscirrhopterus gloveri - 9307 - Euscirrhopterus gloveri Purslane Moth Larva - Euscirrhopterus gloveri Purslane Moth Larva - Euscirrhopterus gloveri Moth - Euscirrhopterus gloveri gloveri? - Euscirrhopterus gloveri Euscirrhopterus gloveri  Purslane Moth? - Euscirrhopterus gloveri  Purslane Moth? - Euscirrhopterus gloveri
Show images of: caterpillars · adults · both
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 Agaristinae
Genus Euscirrhopterus
Species gloveri (Purslane Moth - Hodges#9307)
Hodges Number
9307
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Euscirrhopterus gloveri Grote(1) & Robinson, 1868
Phylogenetic sequence # 931972 (2)
Explanation of Names
Named in honor of Professor Townend Glover (1813-1883), the first entomologist at the USDA and one of the finest illustrators of insects in the United States.
Size
Forewing length 15-20 mm. (3)
Identification

Caterpillars vary much in coloring and pattern, particularly in the amount of black.
Range
Nebraska and Kansas, southward throughout Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. (4)
Food
Purslane (Portulacaceae). Larvae often found on little hogweed (Portulaca oleracea) and orange fameflower (Phemeranthus aurantiacum). After summer rains, areas with Portulaca oleracea may be literally swarming with the larvae. Have also been reared by Dave Ferguson in New Mexico on desert horsepurslane (Trianthema portulacastrum). Powell & Opler (2009) add rose moss (Portulaca grandiflora) and, in the goosefoot family (Chenopodiaceae), the common beet (Beta vulgaris). (3)
Remarks
Commonly comes to lights in large numbers.
Print References
Eaton, E. & K. Kaufman, 2006. Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Houghton Mifflin. p.254 (5)
Grote, A.R. & C.T. Robinson, 1868. Descriptions of American Lepidoptera, No. 4. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 2: 185
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. p.283; pl. 51; fig. 2. (3)