should be pronounced boe-MOL-oe-kuh (1)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
genus now includes the former Plathypena scabra
includes most, or all, former members of genus Bomolocha Hübner, 1825
see remarks about Bomolocha
Explanation of Names
Common name (and former genus for some species) Bomolocha
from Greek Bomolochus
(βωμολο'χος), a jester, a beggar (1)
. Refers to bold jester-like pattern of wings, presumably.
Generic epithet Hypena
is Greek for "beard," referring to the projecting palpi. (2)
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 29 species of the genus Hypena
in America north of Mexico. (3)
Adult - long labial palps form a "snout" that projects from the front of the head; triangular forewings held together over abdomen, giving the wings a "swept-back jet fighter" profile when the moth is at rest.
North America east of the Rockies.
pinned adult image thumbnails
species occurring in Canada, several of which are considered Bomolocha
species by some authors (CBIF)
Pacific Northwest Moths
- pinned adult images of species occurring in Pacific northwest