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Genus Hypsoropha

Hypsoropha hormos Large Necklace Moth - Hypsoropha monilis Small Necklace - Hypsoropha hormos Moth - Hypsoropha hormos unknown moth - Hypsoropha hormos Hypsoropha monilis (Large Necklace Moth) - Hypsoropha monilis IMG_06072020_AC_0738 - Hypsoropha hormos caterpillar - Hypsoropha hormos
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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 Hypocalinae
Genus Hypsoropha
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hypsoropha Hübner, 1818
Explanation of Names
From Greek hypso high (1) plus ropha (unknown). The suffix ropha does not correspond to any standard root--perhaps it is a typographic error for Greek morpha, form or grapha marking/writing. The moths do have a peaked appearance (form), but then, they have "high marks", so either is plausible. Perhaps grapha requires a simpler typographic error. There is a related scientific word, Hypsography, increasing the plausibility of the derivation as an error for hypsographa.
Here is a link to the page where the two species are described by Hübner, but there does not seem to be any explanation of the genus name. (Of interest, too, is the original illustration for H. hormos.)
Two North American species (2), both from the eastern United States, have been listed traditionally. A revision of the genus (McCabe, 1992) lists five species, including another nearctic species from Arizona and Mexico, which would give a total of three species for North America.
Print References
Borror, entries for hypso, morpha (1)
McCabe, Tim L. (1992). A Revision of the Genus Hypsoropha Hübner (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Ophiderinae). Journal of the New York Entomological Society, Vol. 100, No. 2 (Apr., 1992), pp. 273-285 (abstract)
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.Nearctica: Nomina Insecta Nearctica