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scientific name    Schinia jaguarina    

common name     Jaguar Flower Moth

habitat
The host plant is found on native grassland with light soils.

seasonality
Alberta dates are for late June through July.

identification
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.

life history
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.

conservation
No obvious concerns, but data is limited.

diet info
Various Psoralea sp., including P. tenuiflora and P. rhombifolia.

range
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.

quick link
http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=284



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