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Family Cossidae - Carpenter and Leopard Moths

Prionoxystus larva - Prionoxystus Carpenterworm Moth - Hodges #2693 (Prionoxystus robiniae) - Prionoxystus robiniae - male Zeuzera pyrina Givira francesca, 2671 - Givira francesca Leopard Moth - Zeuzera pyrina Givira theodori? - Givira theodori Carpenterworm Moth - Prionoxystus robiniae Givira anna
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Cossoidea (Carpenter and Leopard Moths)
Family Cossidae (Carpenter and Leopard Moths)
Other Common Names
Goat Moths (1)
Explanation of Names
Cossidae from the type genus Cossus (Fabricius), Pliny's name for a larva found under the bark of trees. (2)
45 North American species in 11 genera. (1)
670 species worldwide. (1)
Wingspan 20-70 mm. (1)
Larvae are wood-boring. (3)
Subfamily Cossinae
5 genera in North America: Acossus, Comadia, Fania, Miacora, Prionoxystus
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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
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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.An accentuated list of the British Lepidoptera, with hints on the derivation of the names.
Anonymous. 1858. The Entomological Societies of Oxford and Cambridge.
3.A Field Guide to Insects
Richard E. White, Donald J. Borror, Roger Tory Peterson. 1998. Houghton Mifflin Co.