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Genus Euchaetes

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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 Erebidae
Subfamily Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths)
Tribe Arctiini (Tiger Moths)
Subtribe Phaegopterina
Genus Euchaetes
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Author of genus is Harris, 1841
Protomolis Hampson 1901 Syn.
Stenophaea Hampson 1901 Syn.
Euchaetias Lyman 1902 Syn.
Explanation of Names
Apparently a compound of Greek eu-, thoroughly, well, plus Greek chaete(s), bristle. This makes sense in reference to the caterpillar, which is thoroughly bristled.
Numbers lists 12 species.

albicosta (Walker, 1855)
antica (Walker, 1856)
bolteri Stretch, 1885
castalla (Barnes & McDunnough, 1910)
egle (Drury, 1773)
elegans Stretch, 1874
fusca (Rothschild, 1910)
gigantea (Barnes & McDunnough, 1910)
helena (Cassino, 1928)
perlevis Grote, 1882
polingi (Cassino, 1928)
zella (Dyar, 1902)
Adults - males are always much smaller than females and are often more wasplike in appearance (1)
E. egle is eastern. About 12 species occur in Texas and the southwest (2).
larvae feed in clusters on various milkweeds (1)
both sexes atracted to lights (1)
Print References
Wagner, p. 474--photos of larva and adult of E. egle (2)
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
2.Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2005. Princeton University Press.