Schinia varix

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Schinia varix
Schinia varix.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Schinia
Species: S. varix
Binomial name
Schinia varix
Knudson, Bordelon & Pogue, 2003

Schinia varix is a species of moth belonging to the family Noctuidae. It is found in eastern Texas, central Oklahoma and Louisiana.[1]


This moth has a forewing length of 8.6–10.2 millimetres (0.34–0.40 in). In the male the forewings are yellow with dark purple bands in the basal and subterminal areas and the hindwings are generally black with yellow fringes. The female is similar but with generally darker forewings. This species flies at night from August to early October.[1]


The breeding biology of this species is unknown and larvae have never been found but its habitat and distribution suggest the larval food plant is probably some species of Gaillardia.[1]


It was first collected in 1944 in eastern Texas where it was feeding on various pines since it inhabited mostly pine forests. The later discoveries were made in Louisiana where it fed on gallberry and Oklahoma where the main food was oak and hickory. However, it wasn't described till 2003.[1]


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Further reading[edit]

  • Lafontaine, J. Donald and B. Christian Schmidt (2010). "Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico" 40. ZooKeys. pp. 1–239.