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Species Feralia jocosa - The Joker - Hodges#10005

The Joker (Feralia jocosa) - Feralia jocosa - female Feralia jocosa– Brown form Joker Hodges #10005 - Feralia jocosa the joker - Feralia jocosa Feralia jocosa Pennsylvania Moth - Feralia jocosa moth - Feralia jocosa The Joker - Feralia jocosa Feralia jocosa
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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 Amphipyrinae
Tribe Psaphidini
Subtribe Feraliina (Mossy Sallows)
Genus Feralia
Species jocosa (The Joker - Hodges#10005)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Jocose Sallow (1)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Feralia jocosa (Guenée, 1852)
Diphtera jocosa Guenée, 1852
Feralia furtiva Smith, 1909
Phylogenetic sequence # 931561
Forewing length 14-16 mm. (2)
Wingspan 30-32 mm. (3)
Total length 18-22 mm. (4)
Adult: FW olive green (rarely tawny brown) ● AM & PM black erratic lines, doubled and filled with white ● Orbicular and reniform spots are prominent, white with green filling and partially ringed with black ● Fringes are checkered green, black and white ● HW light black, with some pale scaling along the upper edge and a pale fringe ● TL and fringe are checkered black and white ● Males have narrowly bipectinate antennae and females simple (4), (3)
The main flight period is March to June.
Conifers including spruce, hemlock, and true firs (Abies). May prefer balsam fir (Abies balsamea). (PNW Moths)
Life Cycle
Adults develop in the pupa prior to winter, prepared to emerge early in the spring. (3)
See Also

Feralia deceptiva (western species)

Feralia februalis (occurs only in the far west)

Feralia major (eastern species, less common in west)
Print References
Guenée, 1852. Histoire Naturelle des Insectes, Lépidoptéres, 5: 37.
Smith, 1909. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, 17: 57.