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Genus Zale

Horrid Zale - Zale horrida Zale lunata Mystery moth - Zale lunifera Green-dusted Zale - Zale aeruginosa Zale confusa Boxelder Zale - Hodges#8692 (Zale galbanata) ? - Zale edusina Horrid Zale - Hodges#8717 - Zale horrida Zale - Zale squamularis
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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 Erebidae
Subfamily Erebinae
Tribe Omopterini
Genus Zale
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Zale Hübner, 1818
Phaeocyma Hübner, 1818
Omoptera Guerin-Meneville, 1832
Homoptera Guenée, 1852 (1)
Ypsia Guenée, 1852
Nephelina Kirby, 1897
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 39 species of the genus Zale species in America north of Mexico. (2)
Zale caterpillars are exceptionally muscular and are capable of hurling themselves from their perch when alarmed (Forbes, 1954)
Works Cited
1.A revision of some species of Noctuidae heretofore referred to the genus Homoptera (Boisduval)
John B. Smith. 1908. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 35: 209-275.
2.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 .