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931254.008999Cydosia aurivitta Grote & Robinson, 1868 – Straight-lined Cydosia
© Mike Quinn - form aurivittaa © Maury Heiman - form imitella
Distribution: Suggested by Heppner as a species straying into, but not breeding in, Florida.
Type locality (aurivitta): Texas
Type locality (imitella): Texas
Field Marks:
Two forms occuring in both sexes:
  • Form aurivitta has black forewings and broad reddish-orange transverse bands.
  • Form imitella, described as a species referring to specimens from western Texas misidentified as nobilitella (Cramer, 1780) and separate from aurivitta, is similar to the latter but with white spots within the black spaces.
Similar Species:
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Cydosia aurivitta Grote & Robinson, 1868
Cydosia imitella Stretch, 1873
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Grote, A.R. & C.T. Robinson, 1869. Descriptions of American Lepidoptera. - No. 4. Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 2: 186.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Stretch, R.H., 1872. Illustrations of the Zygænidæ & Bombycidæ of North America, 1: 242-243.
  • Wagner, D.L., K.L. Keegan, B.B. Nall, V.G. Bugh, J. Rota, 2019. A tale of two caterpillars and reclassification of Cerathosia Smith and Cydosia Duncan [& Westwood] (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 73(1): 1-4.
Cydosia aurivitta
© Mike Quinn
Cydosia aurivitta
© Valerie G. Bugh
Cydosia aurivitta
© Valerie G. Bugh
Cydosia aurivitta
© Mike Quinn
Cydosia aurivitta
Form aurivitta - 22mm – © Jim Vargo
Cydosia aurivitta
Form imitella - 22mm – © Jim Vargo
Cydosia aurivitta
© Valerie G. Bugh

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