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Species Virbia ferruginosa - Rusty Virbia - Hodges#8123

Virbia ferruginosa butterfly? - Virbia ferruginosa Mystery Moth - Virbia ferruginosa Mystery Moth - Virbia ferruginosa Mystery Moth - Virbia ferruginosa Rusty Holomelina - Virbia ferruginosa Rusty Holomelina - Virbia ferruginosa rusty virbia - Virbia ferruginosa
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Erebidae
Subfamily Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths)
Tribe Arctiini (Tiger Moths)
Subtribe Arctiina
Genus Virbia
Species ferruginosa (Rusty Virbia - Hodges#8123)
Hodges Number
8123
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Virbia ferruginosa (Walker, 1854)
Crocota ferruginosa Walker, 1854
Crocota quinaria Grote, 1863
Crocota trimaculosa Reakirt, 1864
Holomelina buchholzi (Wyatt, 1863)
Phylogentic sequence # 930306
Numbers
There are 14 named species of Virbia in America north of Mexico. (1)
Size
Wingspan about 24 mm.
Range
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Food
Larvae have been reared on Taraxacum (dandelion)
Remarks
The identification of the western species in this complex, V. aurantiaca (Huebner), V. fragilis (Strecker), and V. ferruginosa (Walker) is not clearcut, and the taxonomy is in need of revision. (2)
Formerly placed in the genus Holomelina (2)