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Species Tortricidia pallida - Red-crossed Button Slug Moth - Hodges#4653

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Zygaenoidea (Flannel, Slug Caterpillar, Leaf Skeletonizer Moths and kin)
Family Limacodidae (Slug Caterpillar Moths)
Genus Tortricidia
Species pallida (Red-crossed Button Slug Moth - Hodges#4653)
Hodges Number
4653
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
described in 1854 by Herrich-Schaffer, who originally placed it in genus Limacodes
Numbers
2 subspecies: T. p. flavula; T. p. pallida
one of 3 species in this genus in North America listed at All-Leps
Remarks
Wagner (1) states that "there are no adult characters (including genitalia) that can be used to reliably separate the adults of the Red-crossed Button Slug from those of the Abbreviated Button Slug." He suggests that the two may in fact be the same species. Adults with more faintly patterned wings, and larvae with the lateral arms of the red dorsal mark extending all the way down the sides of the body, are considered here to be the Red-crossed Button Slug.
Internet References
live adult images by various photographers, plus common name reference (Moth Photographers Group)
Works Cited
1.Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2005. Princeton University Press.