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Family Cossidae - Carpenter and Leopard Moths

carpenter moth - Acossus undosus moth - Prionoxystus robiniae Aspen Carpenterworm Moth - Acossus populi the other Cossid, side view - Aramos ramosa Anna Carpenterworm Moth - Givira anna Carpenterworm Moth - Hodges #2693 (Prionoxystus robiniae) - Prionoxystus robiniae - male 120212Moth1 - Prionoxystus robiniae moth - Givira mucida
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon (Moths)
Superfamily Cossoidea
Family Cossidae (Carpenter and Leopard Moths)
Other Common Names
Goat Moths (1)
47 species in 14 genera in 4 subfamilies in North America listed at All-Leps
45 North American species in 11 genera (1)
670 species worlwide (1)
Wingspan 20-70 mm (1)
Larvae are wood-boring (2)
Subfamily Cossinae
5 genera in North America: Acossus, Comadia, Fania, Prionoxystus, Toronia
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Subfamily Cossulinae
1 genus in North America: Cossula

Subfamily Hypoptinae
3 genera in North America: Givira, Hypopta, Inguromorpha
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Subfamily Zeuzerinae
5 genera in North America: Aramos, Hamilcara, Morpheis, Psychonoctua, Zuezera
Print References
Schoorl jr., J.W., 1990: A Phylogenetic study on Cossidae (Lepidoptera: Ditrysia) based on external adult morphology. Zoologische Verhandelingen 263: 1-295 (PDF).
Internet References
pinned adult images of 13 species by Jim Vargo (Moth Photographers Group)
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.A Field Guide to Insects
Richard E. White, Donald J. Borror, Roger Tory Peterson. 1998. Houghton Mifflin Co.