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Species Euscirrhopterus gloveri - Purslane Moth - Hodges#9307

Moth - Euscirrhopterus gloveri Purslane Moth  - Euscirrhopterus gloveri Purslane Moth caterpillar - Euscirrhopterus gloveri Euscirrhopterus gloveri Moth, dorsal left wings - Euscirrhopterus gloveri Moth, anterior-lateral - Euscirrhopterus gloveri Moth - Euscirrhopterus gloveri moth, black, brown & white - Euscirrhopterus gloveri
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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
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.
Forewing length 15-20 mm. (3)

Caterpillars vary much in coloring and pattern, particularly in the amount of black.
Nebraska and Kansas, southward throughout Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. (4)
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)
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)