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Species Chrysanympha formosa - Formosa Looper - Hodges#8904

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Plusiinae (Looper Moths)
Tribe Plusiini
Subtribe Euchalciina
Genus Chrysanympha
Species formosa (Formosa Looper - Hodges#8904)
Hodges Number
8904
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Chrysanympha formosa (Grote, 1865)
Leptina formosa Grote, 1865
Polychrysia formosa
Abrostola formosa
* phylogenetic sequence #931186
Size
forewing length 15-17 mm (Pogue, 2005)(1)
Range
Nova Scotia to Manitoba, south to the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee (Pogue, 2005).(1)
Habitat
Sandy pine forests and other well-drained northern woodlands (E.H. Strickland Museum)
Food
Larva feed on dwarf huckleberry (Gaylussacia dumosa) and blueberry (Vaccinum) spp. (Kearfott, 1904).
Print References
Eichlin, T. D. & H. B. Cunningham 1978. The Plusiinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) of America north of Mexico, emphasizing genitalic and larval morphology. USDA Tech. Bulletin 1567: 1-122 (PDF)(2)
Grote, A. R. 1865. Descriptions of North American Lepidoptera, no. 6. Proc. Ent. Soc Philadelphia 4: 323
Lafontaine, J. D. & R. W. Poole 1991. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 25.1: p.71; pl.1.41-42
Pogue, M. G. 2005. The Plusiinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Zootaxa 1032: 1–28 (PDF)(1)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page
E.H. Strickland Museum - species page
Moths of Maryland - image of pinned adult
CBIF - image of pinned adult
Works Cited
1.The Plusiinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Michael G, Pogue. 2005. Magnolia Press Zootaxa 1032: 1–28.
2.The Plusiinae (Lepidoptera:Noctuidae) of America north of Mexico, emphasizing genitalic and larval morphology
Thomas D. Eichlin, Hugh B. Cunningham. 1978. United States Department of Agriculture Technical Bulletin 1567: 1-121.