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:
Habitat:
Range: Staten Island, New York and New Jersey to Florida, west to Kentucky, Arkansas and Texas.
Conservation:
NCGR:
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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Butterflies and moths are accidental pollinators of many flowering plants. While most species do not have special structures to carry pollen, they do brush against pollen and transfer it to other flowers.

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