Agapema homogena (Dyar, 1908)
Suitable host plants:
Frangula californica (Rhamnaceae) “California coffeeberry”
Frangula alnus (Rhamnaceae) “Alder buckthorn”
Ribes alpinum (Grossulariaceae) “Mountain currant”
Ribes cereum (Grossulariaceae) “Squaw currant”
Salix exigua (Saliaceae) “Sandbar willow”
Rhamnus frangula (Rhamnaceae) “ Glossy buckthorn”
This species of Agapema seems to utilise a much wider range of host plants than its cousins, and is not restricted to Rhamnaceae only. They have been recorded on different species of currant (Ribes) and willow (Salix) in the wild, although most of the time they are collected on California coffeeberry (Frangula californica) which is possibly their most significant host plant in the wild. It has also successfully been raised on glossy buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula) in captivity. For optimal result, Rhamnaceae are recommended (Frangula, Rhamnus) and they may possibly also accept the types of Rhamnaceae that other Agapema feed on (such as Condalia or Sarcobatus) although this remains speculative information. One report mentions Ligustrum as potential host plant in captivity, although this could not be verified and was thus not added to the data. As this moth seems to have broader taste in host plants than most Agapema, experimentation will certainly be worthwhile.
Common name: “Rocky mountain Agapema
Distribution: Southern states of the United States; Mexico
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Citations: Coppens, B. 2019