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Species Callopistria floridensis - Florida Fern Moth - Hodges#9630

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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 Eriopinae
Genus Callopistria
Species floridensis (Florida Fern Moth - Hodges#9630)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Florida fern caterpillar (1)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Callopistria floridensis (Guenée, 1852)
Eriopus floridensis Guenée, 1852
Callopistria elegantulus (Herrich-Schäffer)
Callopistria strena Grote
Phylogenetic sequence #932190
Wingspan about 29 mm. (2)
Heppner (2003) reported South Carolina to Florida; Arkansas to Texas; Mexico to south America. (1)
Moth Photographers Group map displays records northward to Maine and Iowa in the eastern United States and California. (3)
Heppner (2003) reported January to December in Florida. (1)
Heppner (2003) reported the larvae feed on a long list of fern species. (1)
Life Cycle
Eggs are laid singly on the underside of fern leaves.
Print References
Comstock, J.A., 1939. Studies in Pacific Coast Lepidoptera. Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences. 38(1): 34; pl. 10-11.