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Species Hemileuca electra - Hodges#7736

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Bombycoidea (Silkworm, Sphinx, and Royal Moths)
Family Saturniidae (Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths)
Subfamily Hemileucinae (Buck and Io Moths)
Tribe Hemileucini
Genus Hemileuca
Species electra (Hemileuca electra - Hodges#7736)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hemileuca electra W.G. Wright, 1884
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet electra from Greek mythology, the princess of Argos. Electra was the daughter of King Agamemnon and Queen Clytemnestra. (1)
Forewing length 2.3-3.1 cm (Powell & Opler, 2009).(2)
Larva to 4.5 cm (Comstock & Dammers, 1938).
Pupa 2.5 cm (Comstock & Dammers, 1938).
Mojave and Colorado Deserts of California and a population in central Arizona's Sonoran Desert (Powell & Opler, 2009).(2)
Flattop Buckwheat Eriogonum fasciculatum var. poliofolium (
Life Cycle
See Comstock & Dammers.
Print References
Comstock, J.A. & C.M. Dammers 1938. Studies on the metamorphoses of six California moths. Southern California Acad. Sci. 37(3): 113-115, pl.36-38
Ferguson, D.C., 1971. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 20.2a. E.W. Classey & R.D.B. Publications Inc., p.128; pl.7.16-21. (3)
Powell, J.A. 1986. Records of prolonged diapause in Lepidoptera. Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera 25(2): 101. (4)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press, pl. 36, fig. 8; p. 238. (2)
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of natural history terms with their derivations, including the various orders, genera, and species.
David H. McNicoll. 1863. Lovell Reeve & Company.
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
3.MONA - Saturniidae
D.C. Ferguson. 1971. E.W. Classey & R.D.B. Publications Inc.
4.Records of prolonged diapause in Lepidoptera
Jerry A Powell . 1986. Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera 25(2): 83-109.
5.North American Moth Photographers Group
6.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems