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Species Cargida pyrrha - Hodges#7964

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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 Notodontidae (Prominent Moths)
Subfamily Dudusinae
Tribe Dudusini
Genus Cargida
Species pyrrha (Cargida pyrrha - Hodges#7964)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cargida pyrrha (Druce, 1898)
Heterocampa pyrrha Druce, 1898
Cargida pyrrha intensa Rothschild, 1917
Phylogenetic sequence # 930052 (1)
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet pyrrha from Greek mythology and retold in Ovid's Metamorphoses. Pyrrha is the daughter of Epimetheus and Pandora and wife of Deucalion.
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed Cargida pyrrha as the only member of the genus in America north of Mexico. (1)
Powell & Opler (2009) listed the forewing length. (2)
♂ 17 mm.
♀ 24 mm.
Godfrey (1984) stated the larvae mature to 30-38 mm. (3)
Godfrey (1984) described the larva as having a black head and body with several lateral yellow and white stripes. (3)
Arizona. (4)
Powell & Opler (2009) reported a flight period of July through September. (2)
Larval foodplant is Ziziphus obtusifolia (Hook. ex Torr. & A. Gray) A. Gray (lotebush). (3)
Print References
Druce, H., 1898. Supplement Heterocera. Biologia Centrali-Americana, 2: 459
Godfrey, G.L., 1984. Notes on the larva of Cargida pyrrha (Notodontidae). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 38(2): 88, figs. 1-3. (3)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press, pl.42.2, 42.3; p.250(2)
Rothschild, W., 1917. On some apparently new Notodontidea. Novitates Zoologicae, 17: 232
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.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
3.Notes on the larva of Cargida pyrrha (Notodontidae)
George L. Godfrey. 1984. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 38(2): 88-91.
4.North American Moth Photographers Group
5.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems
6.Moths of Southeast Arizona