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scientific name    Schinia gaurae    

common name     Clouded Crimson

habitat
Dry grasslands in association with the host, Gaura.

seasonality
Adults are on the wing late June to mid August.

identification
Unmistakable. A medium-size (3.0-3.2 cm wingspan) moth with a pale yellow or cream forewing with the basal area, the postmedial and terminal areas are bright pink. The hindwing is shining white, with a touch of pink on the margin at the apex. Both sexes are similar.

life history
Adults are apparently mainly nocturnal and come to lights, but are also diurnal, especially at high population densities. At such times they may be found flying around the blossoms of Gaura in the late afternoon. The larvae, which feed exposed on the flowers of the host, are brightly colored yellow, black and whitish and greatly resemble small specimens of the Monarch butterfly.

conservation
No concerns.

diet info
No Alberta data. Elsewhere the flowering parts of Gaura species, including G. biennis, parviflora and sinuata.

range
From Illinois west across southern Saskatchewan and Alberta, south to Florida, Texas, Arizona and south into Mexico. In Alberta, recorded north to Dinosaur Provincial Park.

quick link
http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=282



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margy stewart (2010-10-07)
I would like advice on how best to rear a Schinia gaurae caterpillar. I found the little guy yesterday on a Gaura on which no leaves remained. I found a few leaves on a distant plant and offered him one, which he ate ravenously, out of my hand.

Now I have him in my rearing cage and he continues to munch on fresh Gaura leaves, which, however, are becoming harder and harder to find. What does he need to pupate?

And what will the moth need if/when she emerges?

I put some dirt on the bottom of his cage and a plant of another species--but it would be nice to know what his ''druthers are!

Any info and advice will be appreciated.
Best wishes,
Margy Stewart
Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge
11003 Lower McDowell Creek Rd.
Junction City, KS 66441
785.539.5592

Gary Anweiler (2010-10-08)
Hi Margy

If the natural food source is disappearing, it is probably almost ready to pupate.

Most Schinia pupate at or just below the surface of the ground. They will create a cell in or on the soil surface, in many species binding soil particles together with silk. I suggest you put in about an inch of sandy soil with some loose plant debris (like normal ground litter) and wish it well!
They ARE an usually beautiful little moth.
Good luck !

Gary Anweiler

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