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Species Norape virgo - Hodges#4649

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Zygaenoidea (Flannel, Slug Caterpillar, Leaf Skeletonizer Moths and kin)
Family Megalopygidae (Flannel Moths)
Genus Norape
Species virgo (Norape virgo - Hodges#4649)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Norape virgo (Butler)
Orig. Comb: Carama virgo Butler, 1877
* phylogenetic sequence #140675
Explanation of Names
virgo (L). 'virgin' (1), a reference to the all white adult.
3 spp. n. of Mex. (2)
larvae variable:
Common in extreme south Texas (3), ranges s. to Colombia.
Larvae host on various legumes. South Texas Guy had this comment on his larval posting "One of many that appeared all at once on the immature fruit-spike of a fan palm, consuming it down to nothing in a period of perhaps three days and then disappearing."
Print References
Butler, A.G. 1877. Notes on the Lepidopterous genera Carama and Trichetra, with descriptions of new species. Cistula entomologica 2: 203
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico.
Hodges, et al. (editors). 1983. E. W. Classey, London. 284 pp.
3.Illustrated Checklist of the Lepidoptera of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas, Vol. 3C: Micro-Moths and Geometroids
Ed Knudson & Charles Bordelon. 2008. Texas Lepidoptera Survey, Houston. 30 pp., 18 plates.