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Species Capis curvata - Curved Halter Moth - Hodges#9059

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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 Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Eustrotiinae
Genus Capis
Species curvata (Curved Halter Moth - Hodges#9059)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
The suggested common name Curved Halter Moth is based on the meaning of the genus and species epithets, explained below.
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Capis curvata Grote, 1882; Can. Ent., v.14 (1), p.20
* phylogenetic sequence #931297
Explanation of Names
CAPIS CURVATA: from the Latin "capistrum" (a halter) + "curvatus" (curved); presumably refers to the markings on the forewing which suggests a halter
the only species in this genus in North America
wingspan about 25 mm
Adult: forewing chocolate brown except for a pale whitish tip, separated from the remainder of the wing by a gently curved line
northeastern North America
adults fly in June and July
has been reared on sedges found in dry oak woods (Jim Sogaard)
Life Cycle
Life cycle images:
larva; adult
A rare species, threatened or endangered in several parts of its range.
Internet References
live adult image (Steve Walter, Connecticut)
live adult image (Lynn Scott, Ontario)