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Species Thysania zenobia - Owl Moth - Hodges#8647

Owl Moth - Thysania zenobia - 8647 - Thysania zenobia Owl Moth - Thysania zenobia - female Bark Moth TX - Thysania zenobia Owl Moth - Thysania zenobia Moth-female black witch? Markings don't seem to match - Thysania zenobia 8647 – Owl Moth - Thysania zenobia Large moth - Thysania zenobia Thysania zenobia
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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 Thermesiini
Genus Thysania
Species zenobia (Owl Moth - Hodges#8647)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Thysania zenobia (Cramer)
Orig. Comb: Phalaena zenobia Cramer [1777]
Phylogenetic sequence # 930758
Explanation of Names
Thysania - Greek for 'a fringe' (1)
1 sp. n. of Mex. (2)
Wingspan 10-15 cm (3)
Males are more boldly marked.

           Dorsal                       Ventral
e. N. Amer. to S. Amer. / W. Indies Interactive Map of Owl Moth Records - Mike Quinn, 2012
mostly: Jul-Nov.
With but few exceptions, all U.S. and Canada records follow the June onset of the rainy season in Mexico. - Mike Quinn, 2012
Janzen & Hallwachs (1999) and Robinson et al. (2002) reported the larvae on Senna and Cassia species in Central and South America. (4)
Life Cycle
Thysania zenobia has not been recorded breeding in the US.
See Also

Lytrosis unitaria (Herrich-Schäffer)
Print References
Brou, V.A., Jr. 2003. Ascalapha odorata (L.) and Thysania zenobia (Cram.) in Louisiana. Southern Lepidopterists' News 25(3):91. Full PDF
Caveney, S. 2007. Owl Moth vagrant in Ontario. The Cardinal.
Cramer, P. [1777]. Uitlandsche Kapellen (Papillons exotiques) Uitl. Kapellen 2 (9-16): 27.
Distler, D.A. 1989. Rare Occurrence of the Owl Moth, Thysania zenobia (Cramer) Noctuidae, in Kansas. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 92(3-4): 209.
Kilman, A.H. 1889. Correspondence: A rare moth. The Canadian Entomologist, 21(1): 240.
Remington, C.L. 1950. Erebus and Thysania in Connecticut. Pp. 13 in: Remington, C.L. & J.E. Remington (editors). The Lepidopterists' News, 4(1-2):1-24.
Rings, R.W., E.H. Metzler, F.J. Arnold & D.H. Harris. 1992. The Owlet Moths of Ohio: Order Lepidoptera, Family Noctuidae. Bulleting of the Ohio Biological Survey 9(2):vi + 219 pp., 8 color plates.
Rockbourne, E.W. & J.D. Lafontaine. 1976. Cutworm Moths of Ontario and Quebec. Canada Department of Agriculture. 164 pp., 40 color plates.
Roque, L. 1999. Two large tropical moths Thysania zenobia, (Noctuidae) and Cocytius antaeus (Sphingidae) colonize the Galapagos Islands. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 53(3): 129-130.
Sala, F.P. 1959. Possible migration tendencies of Erebus odora and other similar species. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 13: 65-66.
Schreiter, R. 1936. Erebus odora L., Thysania zenobia Cram. y Thysania agrippina Cram. (Lepidopt.-Noctuidae). Boletín del Museo de Historia Natural de la Universidad Nacional de Tucumán. 2:29-32, pi. I—II.
Smith, J.B. 1893. Catalogue of the lepidopterous superfamily Noctuidae found in boreal America. U.S. National Museum Bulletin 44: 1-424.
Ziemer, S.E. 1948. Erebus odora & Thysania zenobia in Wisconsin. Pp. 34 in: Remington, C.L. & J.E. Remington (editors). The Lepidopterists' News, 2(3):25-36.
Internet References
Texas Entomology - Mike Quinn, 2012