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Species Polygrammate hebraeicum - The Hebrew - Hodges#9285

Polygrammate hebraeicum smiley moth - Polygrammate hebraeicum Boldly patterned little fellow - Polygrammate hebraeicum Hebrew Moth - Polygrammate hebraeicum Polygrammate hebraeicum Hebrew - Polygrammate hebraeicum The Hebrew - Polygrammate hebraeicum Interesting black and white moth... pattern reminded us of some ancient, foreign script.   - Polygrammate hebraeicum
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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 Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Acronictinae
Genus Polygrammate
Species hebraeicum (The Hebrew - Hodges#9285)
Hodges Number
9285
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Polygrammate hebraeicum Hübner, 1818
* phylogenetic sequence # 931497
Explanation of Names
Both common name "The Hebrew" and specific epithet hebraeicum likely refer to resemblance of the pattern to Hebrew characters
Size
wingspan 23-39 mm (1)
Identification
Pattern is distinctive--see photos.
Range
Eastern US (1)
Habitat
In intensive surveying of Block Island, RI, only two adults have been found anywhere except in the island's tiny tupelo forest, where they are common, indicating that the adults disperse minimally.(2)
Season
On Block Island, RI, adults are common in late June and early July in the island's tiny tupelo forest.(2)
Food
Larvae feed on black gum trees, Nyssa sylvatica (1).
See Also
not to be confused with Xestia c-nigrum - Setaceous Hebrew Character
Print References
Color photo of pinned specimen in Covell, plate 26, #20, text, p. 89 (1)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - range map, photos of living and pinned adults.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems - species account with collection map and photos of pinned adults.
Works Cited
1.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
2.Block Island Moths