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Species Virbia laeta - Joyful Virbia - Hodges#8114

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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 Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths)
Tribe Arctiini (Tiger Moths)
Subtribe Arctiina
Genus Virbia
Species laeta (Joyful Virbia - Hodges#8114)
Hodges Number
8114
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Holomelina laeta (Guérin-Méneville, 1844)
Lithosia laeta Guerin-Meneville, [1832]
Size
FWL ≈ 11 mm (male), 17 mm (female) (1)
WS ≈ 21 mm (based on Moth Photographers Group specimen)
Identification
Adult: FW fuscous to dark grayish brown with a light salmon band. The hindwings are geranium pink. (1)
Range
Found from New Brunswick south to Florida and west to Minnesota and south to Texas. (1)
Habitat
Pine woodlands (1); or possibly a generalist with affinity to xeric habitats (Moths of North Carolina)
Season
Louisiana, adults have been recorded on wing year round (except December). In Texas, there are two generations per year with adults on wing in March and June. In the northern parts of the range, there seems to be one generation per year, with adults on wing in June and July. (1)
Food
Larvae have been reared on dandelion and plantain species. (1)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – species page (2)
BOLD Systems - images of DNA supported specimens (3)
Wikipedia - brief description (1)