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Species Schinia deserticola - Hodges#11134.2

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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 Heliothinae
Genus Schinia (Flower Moths)
Species deserticola (Schinia deserticola - Hodges#11134.2)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Schinia deserticola Barnes & McDunnough(1), 1916 (2)
Schinia cupes deserticola Barnes & McDunnough, 1916
Trichosellus cupes deserticola McDunnough, 1938
Phylogenetic sequence # 932086 (3)
Pogue (2003) listed the forewing length of both sexes 10.5-14.5 mm (n=10). (2)
Pogue (2003) description of the adults, including genitalia, is in the PDF. (2)
Specimen determined by DNA analysis (BOLD). (4)
Pogue (2003) reported the range as "Southern California to southeastern Arizona and north to west central Utah and southeastern Oregon." (2)
Pogue (2003) stated "It is single brooded, flying from early March to early May, with a single record from early June. The peak flight period of S. deserticola is earlier than that of S. crotchii." (2)
Hardwick (1996) reported the larval plant host is Camissonia claviformis (Torr. & Frem.) Raven (Onagraceae). (2)
Life Cycle
Hardwick (1996) described the life cycle. PDF
See Also
Schinia crotchii and Schinia cupes are both very similar but have light brown forewing ground color (ground color dirty white for deserticola) and their orbicular spot is located closer to the AM line making it less distinct. (2)
Print References
Barnes, W. & J.H. McDunnough, 1916. New species and varieties of North American Lepidoptera. Contributions to the Natural History of the Lepidoptera of North America, 3: 5.
Hardwick, D.F., 1996. The life history of Schinia cupes deserticola (Noctuidae). Journal of the Lepidopterists" Society, 25(2): 109-114. PDF
Pogue, M., 2003. Systematics of Schinia cupes (Grote) complex: Revised status of Schinia crotchii (Hy. Edwards) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Heliothinae). Magnolia Press Zootaxa, 294: 7; figs. 5–6, 9, 14–15, 18, 21, 23. (2)