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Species Arachnis aulaea - Hodges#8155

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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 Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths)
Tribe Arctiini (Tiger Moths)
Subtribe Spilosomina
Genus Arachnis
Species aulaea (Arachnis aulaea - Hodges#8155)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Arachnis aulaea Geyer, 1837
Ecpantheria incarnata Walker, 1855
Arachnis aulaea pompeia Druce, 1894
Arachnis bituminosa Seitz, 1919
Arachnis tristis Rothschild, 1935
* phylogenetic sequence #930330
Explanation of Names
Aulaea likely refers to the curtains used in ancient Roman theaters, a theme that Druce carried forward by naming his subspecies pompeia.
See Also
Bruce Walsh on the four species of Arachnis present in southeastern Arizona:
Arachnis picta - the most common.
Arachnis nedyma - a pale version of picta. While picta flies after the monsoons in the desert mountain ranges, nedyma is a rarer pre-monsoon flier in just a few of the ranges in SE Arizona and at elevation (over 6000 feet).
Arachnis aulaea - has a much darker (almost black) hindwing relative to picta. Flies just at the start of the monsoons, and typically a little lower in elevation (around 4000-6000 feet).
Arachnis zuni - truly spectacular, much larger (and more colorful) than picta. Rare, again a pre-monsoon flier at elevation.
Print References
Dyar, H.G. 1894. On the larvae of two species of Arachnis. Canadian Entomologist 26(11): 307-309
Holland, W.J. 1915. The moth book. Doubleday, Page & Company. p.124, pl.16, f.1 (1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.The Moth Book
W. J. Holland. 1922. Doubleday, Page & Company.