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Genus Hypoprepia

unidentified caterpillar (07) - Hypoprepia Hypoprepia miniata Hypoprepia fucosa - Hodges #8090 - Hypoprepia fucosa ? - Hypoprepia fucosa Hypoprepia sp. - Hypoprepia fucosa tiger moth? - Hypoprepia fucosa Hypoprepia miniata - Hypoprepia fucosa beautiful moth, should be Hypoprepia fucosa - Hypoprepia fucosa
Show images of: caterpillars · adults · both
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 Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths)
Tribe Lithosiini (Lichen Moths)
Subtribe Cisthenina
Genus Hypoprepia
Numbers
4 species in North America (nearctica.com)
2 species in Canada (CBIF)
Identification
key to species (1) (see Remarks)
Range
represented throughout US and southern Canada except on the west coast
Food
larvae feed on lichen, algae, and moss on trees
Life Cycle
overwinters as a larva
Remarks
Field marks described in most field guides and literature for the two most widespread species, H. miniata and H. fucosa, are over-simplified and misleading. See this discussion on iNaturalist about some of the issues.
H. cadaverosa and inculta occur in the southwestern states, whereas H. fucosa and miniata are widespread throughout the eastern two-thirds of US and southern Canada.
See Also
Cinnabar Moth (Tyria jacobaeae:
Internet References
pinned adult images of the 2 most widespread species [H. fucosa, miniata] (CBIF)
key to adults of the 4 species of Hypoprepia in North America (factopia.com) [Sept 2017: link no longer valid]
Works Cited
1.Catalogue of Arctiadae in the collection of the British Museum.pdf
G. F. Hampson. 1900. Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum, Vol. II.