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Species Thyris sepulchralis - Mournful Thyris - Hodges#6077

Mournful Thyris - Thyris sepulchralis Unknown white spotted black flyer - Thyris sepulchralis Moth or Butterfly - Thyris sepulchralis Black and white moth - Thyris sepulchralis Marshall Co. Oklahoma - Thyris sepulchralis moth, black with white spots - Thyris sepulchralis Moth - Thyris sepulchralis Mournful thyris - Thyris sepulchralis
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Thyridoidea (Window-winged Moths)
Family Thyrididae (Window-winged Moths)
Subfamily Thyridinae
Genus Thyris
Species sepulchralis (Mournful Thyris - Hodges#6077)
Hodges Number
6077
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Thyris sepulchralis Guérin-Méneville, 1832
Pseudothyris sepulchralis (Guérin-Méneville, 1832) Thiele, 1986
Thyris lugubris Boisduval, 1852
Thyris margaritana (Clemens, 1862)
Size
Wingspan 15-23 mm. (1)
Identification
Adult: wings black with large median and other smaller white spots; those at margin give wings a ragged look. Hindwing has white median patch. (1)
Range
Maine to Florida, west to Texas, north to Michigan and Ontario. (2), (3), (4), (5), (6)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Season
Adults appear to be most common from February to July. (1), Moth Photographers Group
Food
Larvae feed on grape (Vitis spp).
Adults take nectar from flowers of herbaceous plants, and have been seen taking fluids from damp sand (guide photos and photos in Internet references).
Remarks
Conspicuous when seen flying in daytime because of bold pattern. (1) Sometimes mistaken for Butterflies.
See Also
Spotted Thyris (Thyris maculata) is smaller, and its forewing has orange shading and fewer white spots.
Print References
Covell, p. 393, plate 56 #13 (7) (1)
Thiele, 1986. Atalanta 17 (1-4): 128.
Internet References
distribution and pinned and live adult images by James Adams and Randy Emmitt respectively (Dalton State College, Georgia)
live adult image and date (Dale Clark, Texas)
presence in Ontario; list (NHIC; Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources)