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Genus Grammia

Grammia virguncula Black and cream tiger moth with red underwings - Grammia incorrupta Erebidae: Grammia parthenice? - Grammia parthenice Grammia sp. - Grammia ornata For Wy (August) - Grammia blakei Grammia figurata Grammia Anna - Grammia anna virgin tiger moth - Grammia virgo
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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 Grammia
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Grammia Rambur, 1866
Explanation of Names
Latin grammus is a mark, so perhaps grammia means "marked". Grammus is also a mountain range, or mountain, in Macedonia. The markings on the wings are rather peaked like a mountain range--perhaps that is the reference as well. Likewise, perhaps there is a relationship to "grammar", from grammatical-like markings on wings? At any rate, the genus name seems to refer to the strong markings on the wings.
Numbers
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 36 species of the genus Grammia in America north of Mexico. (1)
See Also
Apantesis species are smaller, with dark forewings.
Print References
Covell, pp. 70-72, plates 14-16 (2)

Schmidt, B. Christian, 2009. 'Taxonomic revision of the genus Grammia Rambur (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Arctiinae)'; Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 156, 507–597. With 135 figures
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - photos of pinned adults representing many of the species. (continues for several pages)
North Dakota State U.. It includes a key to species in N. Dakota.
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.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.