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Species Idia americalis - American Idia - Hodges#8322

Herminiinae (Litter Moth), puffball and spent pupa - Idia americalis Herminiinae (Litter Moth), spent pupa - Idia americalis Idia americalis Idia americalis caterpillar - Idia americalis Idia americalis caterpillar - Idia americalis
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Classification
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 Herminiinae (Litter Moths)
Genus Idia
Species americalis (American Idia - Hodges#8322)
Hodges Number
8322
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Idia americalis (Guenée, 1854)
Phylogenetic sequence # 930469
Numbers
There are 18 named species of Idia in America north of Mexico. (1)
Size
20-30 mm wingspan (2)
Identification
Range
throughout North America
Season
adults fly from May to October
Food
larvae feed on lichens (2); dead leaves (Jim Sogaard); fungi (MJ Hatfield); may be a detritivore in ant nests (Pacific Northwest Moths)
Life Cycle
Larva; pupa
See Also
Idia aemula (Common Idia) is similar but lacks the dark marks along the costa
Print References
Covell, p. 322, plate 39 (16) (2)
Powell, J.A., & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America, p. 254, pl. 42.32. (3)
Wagner, p. 42--photo of larva (4)
Works Cited
1.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .
2.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
3.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
4.Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2011. Princeton University Press.