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Genus Orgyia

Orgyia Wingless moth? - Orgyia leucostigma - female adult with eggs - Orgyia definita - female Orgyia antiqua - Rusty Tussock Moth 8308 - Orgyia antiqua White-marked tussock - Orgyia leucostigma - male Unknown Moth - Orgyia Orgyia leucostigma Definite Tussock Moth? - Orgyia - male
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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 Erebidae
Subfamily Lymantriinae (Tussock Moths)
Tribe Orgyiini
Genus Orgyia
Other Common Names
Vaporer, Vaporer Moth, Vapourer Moth
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Orgyia Ochsenheimer, 1810
Explanation of Names
From Greek orgyia (οργυια, from ορεγειν stretch out) meaning "the length of the outstretched arms", a fathom (1) (2), referring to the insect's habit of extending the forelegs. (3)
Another name used for the adult moths is "vaporers" or "vaporer moths" for the "vaporing" flight pattern (2).
Numbers
930160 Orgyia antiqua (Linnaeus, 1758)
930161 Orgyia vetusta Boisduval, 1852
930162 Orgyia magna Ferguson, 1977
930163 Orgyia cana H. Edwards, 1881
930164 Orgyia pseudotsugata (McDunnough, 1921)
930165 Orgyia detrita Guérin, 1831
930166 Orgyia definita Packard, 1864
930167 Orgyia leuschneri Riotte, 1972
930168 Orgyia leucostigma (J.E. Smith, 1797)
930169 Orgyia falcata Schaus, 1896
Identification
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Internet References
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.The Century Dictionary: an encyclopedic lexicon of the English language
3.An accentuated list of the British Lepidoptera, with hints on the derivation of the names.
Anonymous. 1858. The Entomological Societies of Oxford and Cambridge.