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Species Phoberia atomaris - Common Oak Moth - Hodges#8591

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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 Erebinae
Tribe Melipotini
Genus Phoberia
Species atomaris (Common Oak Moth - Hodges#8591)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Phoberia atomaris Hübner, 1818
Lyssia orthosiodes Guenée, 1852
Poaphila ingenua Walker, 1858 (1)
Poaphila porrigens Walker, 1858 (1)
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from Latin meaning "with minute dots or points." (2)
Forewing length 17-18 mm. (3)
Larva - first prolegs slightly reduced; striate, finely mottled with brown giving a striped effect. (3)
Eastern half of North America plus "Colorado and California south to Texas." (3)
Larvae feed on a variety of oaks. (3)
Print References
Brou Jr., V.A., Variations of Phoberia atomaris Hübner (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in Louisiana. (PDF)
Coyle, D.R., J. Pickering, K.A. Dyer, F.R. Lehman, J.E. Mohan & Kamal J.K. Gandhi 2013. Dynamics of an unprecedented outbreak of two native moth species, Cissusa spadix and Phoberia atomaris (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), on oak trees (Quercus spp.) in the Southeastern United States. American Entomologist 59(2): 83-94. (PDF)
Hübner, J., 1818. Zuträge zur Sammlung exotischer Schmetterlinge, Plates vol. 1: 504, f.75.
Works Cited
1.List of the specimens of lepidopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part XIV - Noctuidae.
Francis Walker. 1858. British Museum (Natural History), p.1238-1519.
2.Explanation of terms used in entomology
John Bernardh Smith. 1906. Brooklyn Entomological Society.
3.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
4.North American Moth Photographers Group