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Species Heliocheilus lupatus - Spotted Straw Moth - Hodges#11073.1

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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 Heliocheilus
Species lupatus (Spotted Straw Moth - Hodges#11073.1)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Purple-top Sun Moth (1)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Heliocheilus lupatus (Grote, 1875)
Heliothis lupata Grote 1875
Wingspan ≈ 28 mm (2)
Found from Kentucky and central Connecticut south (through Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina) to Florida and Texas. (2)
Tridens flavus, possibly Eragrostis curvula, and possibly other grasses. (1)
Life Cycle
One generation per year (2)
This moth is expanding its range northward. In 1954 the moth was not known to occur north of the Carolinas. It's now common and widespread in southern New Jersey. (1)
Print References
Wagner (1) pg 350
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – species page (3)
BOLD Systems - images of DNA supported specimens (4)
Wikipedia - brief description (2)