Species Details

Schinia florida

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Common NamePrimrose Moth SeasonalityAdults are on the wing in July in Alberta. IdentificationThis strikingly beautiful moth cannot be mistaken. The combination of pink forewing with a broad yellow terminal band, a yellow thorax and abdomen, and immaculate shining white hindwing is unique among our moths. Wingspan (2.8 -3.5 cm.). Both sexes are similar.

Scientific Name Schinia florida Common Name Primrose Moth Habitat Open areas, clearings and edges with light soils. Associated with the host plant, evening primrose. Seasonality Adults are on the wing in July in Alberta. Identification
This strikingly beautiful moth cannot be mistaken. The combination of pink forewing with a broad yellow terminal band, a yellow thorax and abdomen, and immaculate shining white hindwing is unique among our moths. …
This strikingly beautiful moth cannot be mistaken. The combination of pink forewing with a broad yellow terminal band, a yellow thorax and abdomen, and immaculate shining white hindwing is unique among our moths. Wingspan (2.8 -3.5 cm.). Both sexes are similar.
Life History
Adults are nocturnal and come to lights. During the day they may be found resting on the flower stalks of the host, or occasionally inside the closed flower. Eggs are laid on the flower buds, and the larvae consume…
Adults are nocturnal and come to lights. During the day they may be found resting on the flower stalks of the host, or occasionally inside the closed flower. Eggs are laid on the flower buds, and the larvae consume the buds rather than the foliage.
Conservation No concerns. Uncommon and local Diet Info No Alberta data. Elsewhere species of Evening Primrose (Oenothera sp.), also reported on Gaura. Range Nova Scotia west to central Alberta, south to North Carolina in the east and California in the west. In Alberta it has been found north to the Edmonton-Redwater region.

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"Schinia florida, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-281. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Noctuoidea Family Noctuidae Subfamily Heliothentinae Genus Schinia Species Schinia florida
This hierarchy is created from our museum records, it may not always accurately reflect modern taxonomies.

Taxonomic Hierarchy for University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum