northern flower moth

(Schinia septentrionalis)

               
Hodges #

11110

northern flower moth

 

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not listed

NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

SNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Uncommon and declining

Flight/Season

One generation per year: late August and September

Habitat

Prairie remnants in the Midwest

Size

Wingspan: to 1 (20 to 25 mm)

         
          Photo by Dan W. Andree
 
Identification

Northern flower moth is a small moth but a large flower moth (genus Schinia). It occurs in North America east of the Rock Mountains, mostly in sandy areas on the East Coast and Gulf Coast, and in prairie remnants in the upper Midwest. It was much more common in the 1950s but its range has severely contracted. It is now uncommon throughout its range.

The forewings are beautifully patterned. The basal area is chestnut brown to dark brown. The antemedial and postmedial lines are narrow and white. The area between these lines may be mostly light or dark brown but the orbicular spot is always pale and yellowish, and the reniform spot is always dark. The subapical area, just beyond the postmedian line, is dark. The terminal area and the fringe are light.

On the front legs the fourth segment (tibia) has five claws, two inner and three outer.

 
Similar
Species

 

 
Larval Food

Leaves of asters (Symphyotrichum spp.), including aromatic aster, New England aster, and smooth blue aster

 
Adult Food

 

 
Life Cycle

Pupa overwinter in the soil and emerge as adults in late summer

 
Behavior

Adults are active both day and night.

 
Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 21, 24, 29, 30, 71, 72, 75.

 
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Taxonomy

Order:

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)

 

Suborder:

Glossata

 

Infraorder:

Neolepidoptera

 

Parvorder:

Heteroneura

 

No Rank:

Ditrysia

 

No Rank:

Obtectomera

 

Superfamily:

Noctuoidea (noctuid moths)

 

Family:

Noctuidae (owlet moths)

 

Subfamily:

Heliothinae

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

northern flower moth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Tibia

The fourth segment of an insect leg, after the femur and before the tarsus (foot). The fifth segment of a spider leg or palp.

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Dan W. Andree
       

It was very small. I think it is a moth though it liked prairie flowers.

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Dan W. Andree
8/22/2019

Location: Frenchman’s Bluff SNA

It was very small. I think it is a moth though it liked prairie flowers.

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Created: 9/4/2019

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