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Species Virbia ferruginosa - Rusty Virbia - Hodges#8123

Rusty Virbia - Virbia ferruginosa Rusty Holomelina - Hodges #8123 - Virbia ferruginosa butterfly? - Virbia ferruginosa Mystery Moth - Virbia ferruginosa Mystery Moth - Virbia ferruginosa Mystery Moth - Virbia ferruginosa Rusty Holomelina - Virbia ferruginosa rusty virbia - Virbia ferruginosa
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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 ferruginosa (Rusty Virbia - Hodges#8123)
Hodges Number
8123
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Virbia ferruginosa (Walker, 1854)
Crocota ferruginosa Walker, 1854
Crocota quinaria Grote, 1863
Crocota trimaculosa Reakirt, 1864
Holomelina buchholzi (Wyatt, 1863)
Phylogentic sequence # 930306
Numbers
There are 14 named species of Virbia in America north of Mexico. (1)
Size
Wingspan about 24 mm.
Identification
Adult: Coloration is distinctive. This species is bright, geranium pink with varying amounts of dark brown scales on the HW adbasal and subterminal areas. This species can be con-fused with lighter V. opella males, but V. fergusoni has much darker forewings and more pronounced contrast in HW. Paler forms of V. fergusoni lack the discal spot in HW that occurs in V. opella. See referenced PDF for detailed description (1)
Range
Across Canada west to B.C. Not known to occur in the western U.S. [cite:1187786]
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Season
Late June to July [cite:1187786]
Food
Larvae have been reared on Taraxacum (dandelion)
Remarks
Some Virbia species are almost indistinguishable by their geni-talic characteristics; in addition, a variety of wing color patterns occur, rendering species determination difficult. (1)
The identification of the western species in this complex, V. aurantiaca (Huebner), V. fragilis (Strecker), and V. ferruginosa (Walker) is not clearcut, and the taxonomy is in need of revision. [cite:1187786]
Formerly placed in the genus Holomelina [cite:1187786]