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Species Phosphila turbulenta - Turbulent Phosphila - Hodges#9618

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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 Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tribe Phosphilini
Genus Phosphila
Species turbulenta (Turbulent Phosphila - Hodges#9618)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Phosphila turbulenta Hübner, 1818
Xylophasia arcuata Walker, 1857
Phylogenetic sequence # 932208 (1)
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed three species of the genus Phosphila in America north of Mexico. (1)
Larva less than 35 mm. (2)

Crumb (1956) described the larvae. (3)
Heppner (2003)(4) and Wagner (2005)(2) reported the range to include Florida to Texas north to Illinois and Maine.
Heppner (2003) reported January to April, September to October, December. (4)
At least two generations in the south (2)
Larvae feed on Smilax species (greenbriar) Smilacaceae. (2)
A gregarious defoliator (2)
Print References
Hübner, 1818. Zuträge zur Sammlung exotischer Schmettlinge 1: 15, pl. 12, figs. 67,68.
Walker, F. 1857. List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum. London. 11: 718.
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.Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2005. Princeton University Press.
3.The Larvae of the Phalaenidae [Noctuidae]
Samuel Ebb Crumb. 1956. U.S. Department of Agriculture Technical Bulletin 1135: 1-356.
4.Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas: Lepidoptera of Florida
J.B. Heppner. 2003. Florida Department of Agriculture 17(1): 1-670.
5.Noctuidae of North America (
6.North American Moth Photographers Group
7.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems