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Arcigera Flower Moth (Schinia arcigera)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Arcigera Flower Moth



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A frequent visitor to asters, the Arcigera Flower Moth has a dark, hairy thorax that deeply contrasts with its lighter midsection.



Updated: 01/26/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The Aricgera Flower Moth is a small nectar-loving insect that favors asters as a food plant for its young caterpillars. The brown moth may have hues of purple or red on the middle part of its forewings. A distinct pattern is shared by all adults despite differences in overall shade. Two obvious arcs decorate the wings near the 'shoulders'. Each forewing has a single, white curved line that separates the darker brown head, thorax, and upper wing from the lighter middle band of color, which may be brown, lavender, or maroon. A straighter white line crosses the wings closer to the bottom. Males have hindwings that are yellow with a wide black border. A white fringe runs along the bottom edge. Females have hindwings that are completely black, but also share the white fringe.

Though adults drink nectar from asters, they also visit other flowers. The brown caterpillar has wide, ivory or tan stripes on each side of the body that have a row of black dots in the center. The fleshy body is sparsely covered in fine, light hairs. Larvae feed on varieties of asters. Look for adults at dusk or at night near flower fields, especially ones that grow their offspring's favorite food plant.




General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Noctuidae
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          Genus: Schinia
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            Species: arcigera
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Schinia arcigera
Other Name(s): Arc-lined Flower Moth
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 12mm to 13mm (0.47" to 0.51")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown, purple, white, red
Descriptors: scallop, white line across, dark purple, red, maroon, wine, furry, hairy, flying, maroon
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Range Between 12mm and 13mm
Lo: 12mm
Md: 12.5mm
Hi: 13mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Arcigera Flower Moth may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Arcigera Flower Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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