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For the United States & Canada

Subfamily Thyatirinae - False Owlet Moths

zig-zaggy moth - Habrosyne scripta Tufted Thyatirin - Pseudothyatira cymatophoroides Lithophane - Pseudothyatira cymatophoroides Moth - Pseudothyatira cymatophoroides Moth - Pseudothyatira cymatophoroides Glorious Habrosyne - Habrosyne gloriosa Moth - Pseudothyatira cymatophoroides Pseudothyatira cymatophoroides
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Drepanoidea (Hooktip and False Owlet Moths)
Family Drepanidae (Hooktip and False Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Thyatirinae (False Owlet Moths)
Thy-uh-TEER-ih-nee (the TH in the first syllable pronounced as in "thing", not as in "this").
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
* formerly considered a separate family, Thyatiridae
Explanation of Names
Thyatirinae from the type genus Thyatira (Ochsenheimer), likely from the city of Thyatira in modern Turkey, mentioned in the New Testament (Revelation 2:18-29) and known as one of the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse. Thyatira is identified as the church that had a "false prophetess" and that may be, at least in part, the rational of the common name, false-owlet. Owlet is the common name of moths in the family Noctuidae, of which Thyatirinae bear some resemblance.
About 16 species in 6 genera in North America. 8 species in 4 genera in Canada (CBIF).
Throughout North America except the far north (Alaska, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon).
Internet References
pinned adult images and classification of all 8 species occurring in Canada (CBIF)