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Species Olceclostera seraphica - The Seraph - Hodges#7667

Bentsen mystery moth - Olceclostera seraphica Unknown caterpillar - Olceclostera seraphica Gray Moths Mating - Olceclostera seraphica Gray Moths Mating - Olceclostera seraphica Olceclostera seraphica, The Seraph Moth, Hodges # 7667 - Olceclostera seraphica Olceclostera seraphica moth - Olceclostera seraphica - male Olceclostera seraphica - female
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Bombycoidea (Silkworm, Sphinx, and Royal Moths)
Family Apatelodidae (American Silkworm Moths)
Subfamily Apatelodinae
Genus Olceclostera
Species seraphica (The Seraph - Hodges#7667)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Olceclostera seraphica (Dyar, 1906)
First described in 1906 by Harrison Gray Dyar, Jr. as Apatelodes seraphica
Phylogenetic sequence # 223200
Explanation of Names
Seraphica is Latin for "of or like a seraph" (a seraph is a type of angel). In the original description, Dyar mentions that it was "Nearly allied to angelica Grote", so the name is no doubt a reference to that species.
One of three species in the genus north of Mexico.
Forewing length 20-25 mm.(1)
Where the two species overlap in eastern Texas a view of the ventral of the hindwing is needed
se AZ to s. TX - Map (1),(2)
Powell & Opler (2009) reported a single brood with adults flying from mid July to August.(1)
There are records of adults from February to October.
Larvae have been noted feeding on Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis) and certain Ash species (Fraxinus greggii, F. pennsylvanica)
Life Cycle
Unreported. (1)
"the moth Olceclostera seraphica has genitals that resemble a musical instrument: the male rubs one part of his privates against another, producing vibrations with which to thrill his mate."
Described from specimens from Brownsville, Texas
Print References
Dyar, H.G. 1906. Brooklyn Museum Science Bulletin, 1: 197.
Franclemont, J.G., 1973. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 20.1: p. 22; pl. 3.16, 11.2-3. (3)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America; page 236, plate 35.7 ♂, 35.8 ♀.(1)
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.
3.The Moths of America North of Mexico. Fascicle 20.1. Mimallonoidea (Mimallonidae) and Bombycoidea.....
J. G. Franclemont. 1973. E.W. Classey Ltd. & R.B.D. Publications Inc.