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Family Lacturidae - Tropical Burnet Moths

Unidentified Moth - Lactura basistriga Lactura ID ?? - Lactura psammitis 2407  - Lactura subfervens Lactura psammitis--2406? for Web ID and for Texas? - Lactura No. 20 Lactura basistriga or L. subfervens? - Lactura subfervens 2404     (Lactura basistriga) - Lactura basistriga Lactura pupula moth - Lactura
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Zygaenoidea (Flannel, Slug Caterpillar, Leaf Skeletonizer Moths and kin)
Family Lacturidae (Tropical Burnet Moths)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
formerly placed in family Yponomeutidae, Lactura was subsequently designated as the type-genus for the new family Lacturidae within the Zygaenoidea by Heppner in 1995
6 species in 1 genus in North America listed at All-Leps
wingspan of Lactura pupula 17-25 mm (1)
Lactura pupula: Illinois and Kentucky, south to Florida and Texas
larvae of Lactura pupula have been reported on Saffron Plum (Sideroxylon celastrinum =Bumelia celastrina) in Florida (1)
Internet References
pinned adult image and distribution of Lactura pupula (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
pinned adult image of Lactura pupula plus photos of related species by Jim Vargo (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult images of Lactura pupula (All-Leps)
common name reference (Tree of Life Web Project)
placement of Lactura in family Lacturidae by Heppner (Brian Pitkin, Butterflies and Moths of the World)
presence in Florida; list of 2 species (John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)
presence in Texas; list of Lactura pupula (Dale Clark, Texas)
presence in Illinois; list of Lactura pupula (Illinois State Museum)
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.