Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Spanish Moth
Xanthopastis regnatrix (Grote, 1863)

Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Hadeninae
Identification: Easily recognized by the hairy black body and pink forewing with black markings; yellow around spots and in terminal area. Hindwing blackish.
Wing Span: 3.9-4.5 cm.
Life History:
Flight: April-July in Mississippi; November-May and September in Florida.
Caterpillar Hosts: Figs (Ficus species), spider lily, and narcissus. Larva has been reared on iceberg lettuce.
Adult Food:
Range: Staten Island, New York and New Jersey to Florida, west to Kentucky, Arkansas and Texas.
Management Needs:
Comments: NULL
Taxonomy Notes: Formerly Xanthopastis timais. Poole (1989) recognized X. timais as the senior synonym of regatrix in Lepidopterum Catalogus - Noctuidae. Lafontaine and Schmidt's 2010 Noctuoidea of North America also recognized X. regnatrix as the preferred name.
Alternate Scientific Names:
Xanthopastis timais
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