Moths of North Dakota

Noctuoidea Notodontidae: Heterocampinae

Schizura ipomoeae Doubleday 1841

Common name: Checkered-fringed prominent

Hodges #: 8005

Identification: Rfw 17.55 mm, white or ocellate white rimmed reniform spot is diagnostic within the genus.    Members of the genus Schizura are distinguished from the related genera Heterocampa and Lochmaeus by the evenly narrow Rs cell above the discal cell on the hw and from members of the Notodontinae in having the male antennae pectinate with the pectinations abruptly shorter at about 2/3 the antennal length, the apical 1/3 is simple. 

Similar species: sexual dimorphism results in a large number of somewhat similar species- 7920, 7928, 7952, 7953, 7983, 7994, 7995, 79988006, 8007, 8009, 8010, 8011, 8017, 9382.

Distribution: southern Canada and United States.

Hosts: Larval have been reported from a wide variety of plants including- Basswood- Tilia, Birch- Betula, Cherry- Prunus, Dogwood- Cornus, Elm- Ulmus, Hackberry- Celtis, Hawthorn- Crataegus, Maple- Acer, Oak- Quercus, and Roses- Rosa. 



NY Long Island. Orient, 6- VI- 1938.
Roy Latham

ND. Cass Co., Fargo.  USDA UV lt. trap, 17- VII- 1956


Forewing of S. ipomoeae with ocellate reniform indicated.

Larva, pic courtesy of Lacy Hyche, Auburn University, Forestry Images,




Hindwings of Schizura ipomoeae (left) showing the parallel and diverging Rs cell and Heterocampa obliqua (right) showing the constricted Rs cell.





Last updated: 04/14/09

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