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Species Scolecocampa liburna - Dead-wood Borer Moth - Hodges#8514

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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 Scolecocampinae
Genus Scolecocampa
Species liburna (Dead-wood Borer Moth - Hodges#8514)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Scolecocampa liburna (Geyer, 1837)
Clytie liburna Geyer, 1837
Phylogenetic sequence # 930637
Wingspan 35-43 mm
Adult: Straw-colored FW, with fragmented AM and PM lines reduced to rows of brown dots. Tiny black basal and orbicular spots are black. Hollow reniform spot is outlined brown. Dotted ST has dusky blotch beyond midpoint. (1)
Caterpillar lacks prolegs (except for vestigial stumps) on the third abdominal segment, characteristic of genus (Forbes, 1954, ref. pers. comm. Dr. Steve Hall to P. Coin).
Historic description of caterpillar from Psyche vol. 2, Sept.-Dec., 1879. (Nos. 65-68), p. 272:
Length 38 mm., thickness 6 mm. Color, dirty white. Smooth and shining, with a few scattered hairs, Head and anal segment black. Contents of the intestinal canal showing through the skin of the dorsum. On each segment are twelve small black spots, two on each side of the dorsum, and four in the vicinity of the breathers. Legs and pro-legs light brown, the former rather darker than the latter.
e. US. - Map (2),(3),(4),(5),(6)
Deciduous forests
Adults are most common from March-October, with earlier starting flight in the southern areas.
Heppner (2003) reported adults in Florida from January to November. (6)
Life Cycle
Larvae feed inside decaying logs of deciduous trees, may actually be feeding on fungi therein. (7)
Print References
Covell, p. 160, plate 40 #8 (8)
Works Cited
1.Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America
David Beadle and Seabrooke Leckie. 2012. Houghton Mifflin.
2.South Carolina Moth Species
3.Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Florida
4.Arkansas Lepidoptera Survey
5.Moths of Dallas County, Texas
6.Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas: Lepidoptera of Florida
J.B. Heppner. 2003. Florida Department of Agriculture 17(1): 1-670.
7.The Lepidoptera of New York and Neighboring States
William T.M. Forbes. 1923. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Memoir 68.
8.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
9.North American Moth Photographers Group
10.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems