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Genus Alypia

Larva on sumac - Alypia octomaculata Eight-Spotted Forester Moth - Hodges #9314 - Alypia octomaculata Riding's Forester Moth - Alypia ridingsii 8 spotted moth - Alypia octomaculata 8-spotted forester moth? - Alypia octomaculata Eight-spotted Forester B - Alypia octomaculata Moth with Yellow and Black Spots on Wings.: NeedID - Alypia octomaculata rocky beach caterpillar - Alypia langtoni
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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 Agaristinae
Genus Alypia
Explanation of Names
Author of genus is Hübner, 1818. Alypia is a Roman feminine name. (Based on Internet searches.)
Nearctica (1) lists five species.
wingspan 25-37 mm
Adult: black with white or yellowish patches on all wings (pattern varies according to species)
most of United States and throughout Canada, including Yukon and Northwest Territories
larvae feed on Virginia Creeper, grape, willow-herb (Epilobium spp.), Japanese Persimmon (host varies according to species)
Internet References
Canadian Biodiversity pinned adult images of three species in genus and a related genus, Androloma (note Alypia ridingsii occurs only in the far west). several pinned images