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Species Zale aeruginosa - Green-dusted Zale - Hodges#8694

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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
Species aeruginosa (Green-dusted Zale - Hodges#8694)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Zale aeruginosa (Guenée, 1852)
Ypsia aeruginosa Guenee, 1852
Phaeocyma aeruginosa (1)
Phylogenetic sequence # 931029
Explanation of Names
from the Latin "aerugnisosus" (resembling rust of copper), from "aerugo" (rust of copper); a bluish-green color - refers to the forewings, which appear to be dusted with bluish-green flakes of copper rust.
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 39 species of the genus Zale species in America north of Mexico. (2)
Wingspan 35-43 mm.
Forewings blackish-brown to coal black, variably dusted with pale green(3) or whitish speckles mostly beyond AM line, and in ST and terminal areas; lines fine, black, lower ST line heaviest.
Ontario to Nova Scotia, south to Florida, west to Texas. (4), (5), (6), (7)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Barens, pocosins, woodlands, and forests. (7)
Adults are most often reported from March to October, but have been recorded from January to October. (8)
Larvae feed on leaves of white and live oak (Kimball, 1965) and blueberry (7), Covell adds spruce. (3)
Life Cycle
Two generations per year in the south; one in the north.
Larva; adult