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Saucy Beauty

Phaloesia saucia Walker, 1854

Family Arctiidae, Subfamily Arctiinae, Tribe Pericopini


Saucy Beauty - Phaloesia saucia Walker, 1854

Valley Nature Center
Weslaco, Hidalgo Co., TX
May 16, 2003 (M Hagne)


Saucy Beauty Larva

Harlingen, Cameron Co., TX
April 14, 2005 (C. Mild) 


Saucy Beauty Host Plant

Host plant 

Harlingen, Cameron Co., TX
April 14, 2005 (C. Mild)

Range: Cameron, Hidalgo and Starr Counties in South Texas, south to Venezuela 

Flight Period: Has been recorded in south Texas in April, May, August, October, November

First U.S. Record: November 1910, Brownsville, Texas. 

Subsequently collected in 1929 (2), 1957 (9, others present), 1961 (2), 1968 (1), 1969 (2).

Larval Host Plants: Tournefortia volubilis - Family Boraginaceae

Common host plant names: Bastard Rat Root, Aunt Eliza Bush, "Googley-Eye Vine"

Also hosts on Tournefortia maculata in Costa Rica

Similar Species: There's a second species in South America, Phaloesia flaviventris Reich, 1938

Other Texas Pericopini:

Dysschema leucophaea (Walker, 1854)
Gnophaela aequinoctialis
(Walker, 1854)
Phaloesia saucia Walker, 1854


Phaloesia saucia (Walker) - Adult - Ed Knudson
Saucy Beauty (Phaloesia saucia) - Larva - Tom Bentley

Biography: Francis Walker (1809 - 1874) - Wikipedia


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30 Nov 2007   Mike Quinn / mike.quinn@tpwd.state.tx.us / Texas Entomology / Texas Lep Information