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Genus Panthea

early instar cat on white pine - Panthea furcilla unknown caterpillar (Panthea?) - Panthea 9182, Eastern Panthea, Panthea furcilla - Panthea furcilla 264 Translucent wings - Panthea Panthea acronyctoides  - Panthea acronyctoides I am fairly certain this is Panthea virginarius with eggs... - Panthea moth - Panthea acronyctoides Panthea acronyctoides
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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 Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Pantheinae
Genus Panthea
Explanation of Names
Panthea is from Greek, meaning "of all gods" or something to that effect.
Numbers lists seven species in the genus, but one of them (P. portlandia) is listed as a synonym of P. virginarius at All-Leps - which lists 6 species in North America: acronyctoides, angelica, furcilla, gigantea, pallescens, virginarius
approximately 3-6 cm wingspan
Adults - robust, medium-sized noctuid moths with a forewing pattern of five black lines crossing a white or gray ground with the normal spots (reniform, orbicular and claviform) obsolete or nearly so. The extent of sexual dimorphism varies in expression among species, and where it occurs it is expressed as females being larger and darker than males. Male antennae are bipectinate, female antennae simple (1)
The hairy larvae of all species, so far as is known, feed only on needles of conifers (1)
Melanism is frequent in some eastern populations of P. furcilla, and has also been reported for P. furcilla australis and some eastern populations of nominate P. acronyctoides (1)
Internet References
live larva image of Black Zigzag (Panthea acronyctoides) by Chris Maier, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (
pinned adult images of the 4 species occurring in Canada [acronyctoides, gigantea, pallescens, virginarius] (CBIF)
Works Cited
1.Revision of the New World Panthea
Gary G. Anweiler. 2009. ZooKeys 9: 97-134.