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Heliolonche pictipennis (Grote, 1875)


Family: Noctuidae
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Identification: A very small red and light yellow moth that has a black and white hindwing. The forewing edges and smooth antemedial and postmedial lines are dark rose pink to red, sprinkled with ochre scales. Red scales are often present on the cubital vein along the posterior cell. The median area is light yellow, while the base and distal wing are slightly darker light grayish ochre. The reniform spot is evident as a slightly darker area in the light yellow. No trace of the other lines or spots are evident. The fringe is dark pink. The hindwing is jet black, usually with a white band between black base and the position of the antemedial line. The hindwing fringe is dark basally and white distally. The head and thorax are uniform grayish yellow, the former covered in hair-like scales. The abdomen is black with pale scales on the distal segments and a patch of light gray-yellow scales on the tip. The eye size is reduced. The antenna is fil
Wing Span: 1.6-1.7 cm
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Flight: Adults are exclusively diurnal, flying in late spring and early summer.
Caterpillar Hosts: Malacothrix glabrata, and Rafinesquia neomexicana.
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