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Agricultural Research Service

Title: A New Species of Schinia Hubner from Riparian Habitats Along the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Heliothinae)

Author
item Pogue, Michael

Submitted to: Zootaxa
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: November 11, 2004
Publication Date: December 10, 2004
Citation: Pogue, M.G. 2004. A new species of Schinia Hubner from riparian habitats along the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: heliothinae). Zootaxa. 788:1-4

Interpretive Summary: Cutworm moths are major agricultural pests causing billions of dollars of damage annually. Species such as the corn earworm and tobacco budworm destroy millions of dollars of corn, cotton, and tobacco. Many species of these and related groups of moths are difficult to distinguish, and studies of life histories and food plants can help in separating closely related species. This research describes a new species that is unique in morphology and in habitat. This species is being described in order to provide documentation for an inventory and monitoring project along the Colorado River within the Grand Canyon. The new species is described and illustrated and compared to a similar species. The results will be important to scientists, ecologists, economic entomologists, and those interested in biodiversity studies.

Technical Abstract: Schinia immaculata, new species, is described from riparian habitats along the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. Habitats include the shoreline, new high water dominated by Tamarisk (Tamarix sp., Tamaricaceae), and old high water characterized by mesquite (Prosopis sp., Fabaceae), acacia (Acacia sp., Fabaceae), and desert shrubs. Adult and male genitalia are illustrated.

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