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Genus Plusia

Putnam's Looper Moth - Plusia putnami Connected Looper - Hodges#8952 - Plusia contexta Hodges # 8951 - Plusia magnimacula Noctuidae: Plusia contexta - Plusia contexta Plusia venusta  - Plusia venusta Noctuidae ? - Plusia putnami Putnam's Looper - Plusia putnami Plusia putnami
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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 Plusiinae (Looper Moths)
Tribe Plusiini
Subtribe Plusiina
Genus Plusia
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Plusia Ochsenheimer, 1816
Chrysaspidia Hübner, [1821]
Palaeoplusia Hampson, 1913
Explanation of Names
Generic epithet Plusia is Greek meaning "rich." (1), (2)
Print References
Eichlin, T.D. & H.B. Cunningham 1978. The Plusiinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) of America north of Mexico, emphasizing genitalic and larval morphology. USDA Tech. Bulletin 1567: 1-122 (download)
Dyar, H.G. 1902. A generic subdivision of the genus Plusia. Jl. N.Y. Ent. Soc. 10(2): 79
Ochsenheimer, F. 1816. Die schmetterlinge von Europa 4: 89
Ottolengui, R. 1902. Plusia and allied genera with descriptions of new species. Jl. New York Ent. Soc. 10(2): 57-77, pl.6-9
Internet References
pinned adult images of all 4 species in North America (CBIF)
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.An accentuated list of the British Lepidoptera, with hints on the derivation of the names.
Anonymous. 1858. The Entomological Societies of Oxford and Cambridge.