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Species Euthyatira pudens - Dogwood Thyatirid - Hodges#6240

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Drepanoidea (Hooktip and False Owlet Moths)
Family Drepanidae (Hooktip and False Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Thyatirinae (False Owlet Moths)
Tribe Macrothyatirini
Genus Euthyatira
Species pudens (Dogwood Thyatirid - Hodges#6240)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
common name should probably be changed to Dogwood Thyatirin Moth, considering the recent demotion of Thyatiridae to the subfamily Thyatirinae
Explanation of Names
Pudens is Latin for ashamed, bashful, or modest. Reason for this word being applied to this moth is unclear.
One of three Nearctic species in the genus.
wingspan 40-45 mm
two color forms - "normal" and "pennsylvanica"; see links to photos in Internet References section below.
Larva dark grey-black with a white ventral area
most of US and southern Canada
wooded areas on or near host plant (Flowering Dogwood)
adults fly from March to May
larvae in May and June
larvae feed on leaves of Dogwood Cornus spp. and occasionally oaks and other plants
Life Cycle
one generation per year.
Internet References
adult images of both forms (E. H. Strickland Entomological Museum)
live adult images (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
pinned adult images of "normal" form [top] and "pennsylvanica" form [bottom] (CBIF)
pinned adult images of "normal" and "pennsylvanica" forms (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
pinned adult image of "normal" form (John Glaser, Maryland)
live larva image plus description and other info (Caterpillars of Eastern Forests, USGS)