Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Explanation of Names
Latin grammus is a mark, so perhaps grammia means "marked". Grammus is also a mountain range, or mountain, in Macedonia. The markings on the wings are rather peaked like a mountain range--perhaps that is the reference as well. Likewise, perhaps there is a relationship to "grammar", from grammatical-like markings on wings? At any rate, the genus name seems to refer to the strong markings on the wings.
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 36 species of the genus Grammia
in America north of Mexico. (1)
species are smaller, with dark forewings.
Covell, pp. 70-72, plates 14-16 (2)
Schmidt, B. Christian, 2009
. 'Taxonomic revision of the genus Grammia
Rambur (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Arctiinae)'; Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 156, 507–597. With 135 figures
Moth Photographers Group
- photos of pinned adults representing many of the species. (continues for several pages)
North Dakota State U.
. It includes a key to species in N. Dakota.