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Species Gerra sevorsa - Hodges#9303

Moth - Gerra sevorsa Purple/yellow/spotted caterpillar - Gerra sevorsa Noctuoidea - Gerra sevorsa Noctuoidea - Gerra sevorsa Arizona Moth - Gerra sevorsa Arizona Moth - Gerra sevorsa Gerra sevorsa Gerra sevorsa
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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 Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Agaristinae
Genus Gerra
Species sevorsa (Gerra sevorsa - Hodges#9303)
Hodges Number
9303
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Gerra sevorsa (Grote, 1882)
Fenaria sevorsa Grote, 1882
Diamuna aedessa Druce, 1889
Diamuna aelia Druce, 1889
Gerra brephos Draudt, 1919
Gerra sevorsa form meridionalis Draudt, 1919, in Seitz
* phylogenetic sequence #931968
Size
Forewing length 15-19 mm. (1)
Pupa 15-19 mm (Comstock, 1961).
Range
Southeast Arizona and north central New Mexico south to Panama.
Food
Parthenocissus, Vitis and perhaps other Vitaceae. (2)
Wild Grape - (Vitis arizonica) USDA Plant Profile
Remarks
Wanders around on branches and suitable surfaces with wings held high, revealing the striking underside pattern. At rest the wings are hastily folded together and rested against the surface, revealing the less colourful side of the moth.
Print References
Comstock, J.A. 1961. Brief notes on the life histories of three southwestern moths. Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences 60(1): 40-43
Grote, A.R. 1882. New Arizonan and Texan moths. Papilio 2(8): 132-133
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. Pl.51.1m; p.283 (1)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page with photograph of living and pinned adults.
Moth Photographers Group - photograph of living adult and related species.
The Moths of Southeastern Arizona - photograph of pinned adult and larval foodplants.
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
2.Moths of Southeast Arizona