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Genus Actias

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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 Saturniinae (Silkmoths)
Tribe Saturniini
Genus Actias
Other Common Names
Moon Moths
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Actias Leach, 1815
Explanation of Names
Perhaps from Greek actis a ray, beam (1) (?); or a reference to the Greek promontory Actium, an important geographic feature with mythological significance--the temple of Apollo Actius.
one North American species (2), Actias luna; about 25 species worldwide, most in Asia (Wikipedia--Actias)
Print References
Borror, entry for actis (1)
Leach, W.E. and R. P. Nodder (1815). The zoological miscellany (volume 2, p. 25). London: B. McMillan (Biodiversity Heritage Library link).
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.Nearctica: Nomina Insecta Nearctica