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Species Symmerista albifrons - White-headed Prominent - Hodges#7951

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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 Notodontidae (Prominent Moths)
Subfamily Nystaleinae
Genus Symmerista
Species albifrons (White-headed Prominent - Hodges#7951)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Red-humped Oakworm
Explanation of Names
Species name is albi Latin white, plus frons Latin forehead. (Based on Internet searches.)
Wingspan 3.3-4.5 cm
Creamy mark on forewing is distinctive, apparently. Listed as common.
comparison of 8th sternite - scales brushed off.

comparison of genitalia dissection - in albifrons, apex of the large bilobed process greatly exceeds the apex of the small simple process whereas in leucitys the two apexes are subequal

Deciduous forests and adjacent areas
Life Cycle
Larvae feed on oaks.
2 generations per year(1)
Print References
Covell, p. 332, plate 43 #2 (2)
Holland, p. 296, plate XXXIX #7 (3)
Wagner, p. 54, (larva) (4)
Works Cited
1.Eastern Forest Insects
Whiteford L. Baker. 1972. U.S. Department of Agriculture · Forest Service.
2.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
3.The Moth Book
W.J. Holland. 1968. Dover.
4.Caterpillars of Eastern Forests
David L. Wagner, Valerie Giles, Richard C. Reardon, Michael L. McManus. 1998. U.S. Dept of Agriculture, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team.