|scientific name Schinia jaguarina |
common name Jaguar Flower Moth
The host plant is found on native grassland with light soils.
Alberta dates are for late June through July.
Unmistakable. A fairly small (3 cm wingspan) moth with two-tone light and dark brown forewing and yellow-orange hindwing. The light brown forewing has a large pointed basal patch and a wide subterminal line of darker brown, sharply delineated. The yellow-orange hindwing has a prominent black discal bar and a wide black terminal band. There is a pale orange patch at the anal angle and an orange fringe. Both sexes are similar.
Nocturnal or primarily so; comes to light. Eggs are laid in the bud cluster or more often in the sepal cup of the host, even after the petals have fallen. The larvae feed mainly on the developing seed pods.
No obvious concerns, but data is limited.
Various Psoralea sp., including P. tenuiflora and P. rhombifolia.
From Mexico City north across the Great Plains to southern Saskatchewan and Alberta; and from Florida and Illinois in the east to Arizona. In Alberta it has been recorded north to Olds.
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