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Genus Agrius

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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 Sphingidae (Sphinx Moths)
Subfamily Sphinginae
Tribe Sphingini
Genus Agrius
Explanation of Names
Author of genus is Hubner 1819. Agrius (or Agrios) is from Greek mythology. The Theioi Project says:
"Agrius and Oreios were a pair of half-human, half-bear Thrakian giants. They were transformed into birds by the gods as punishment for their cruel barbarity."

A species of hawkmoth, now Xylophanes porcus, was originally described in the genus Oreus by Hubner, see This completed the mythological pairing, apparently.
Numbers lists one North American species.