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Species Baileya ophthalmica - Eyed Baileya - Hodges#8970

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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 Nolidae (Nolid Moths)
Subfamily Risobinae
Genus Baileya
Species ophthalmica (Eyed Baileya - Hodges#8970)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
specific epithet sometimes misspelled "opthalmica"
described in 1852 by Guenee, who originally placed it in genus Leptina
Explanation of Names
From Greek ophthalmikos (οφθαλμικος)- "of eyes"
Wingspan 23-32 mm
Tan/white patch on forewing forms a large central patch when wings folded. Large eyespots on forewings.
Eastern North America: Nova Scotia to Florida, east to at least Louisiana and Oklahoma, north to Alberta
Deciduous forests; adults are nocturnal and come to light
adults fly from late April to July
larvae feed on leaves of beech (Fagus spp.), hornbeam (Carpinus spp.), and Hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
Said to be a bird-dropping mimic.
Print References
Covell, p. 152, plate 31 #23 (1)
Internet References
MIACY live adult image (John Himmelman, Connecticut)
Lynn Scott live adult image (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
pinned adult image and larval foodplant (Gerald Fauske, North Dakota State U.)
North Carolina State University Entomology Collection has 22 pinned, including specimens from that state.
presence in Florida; list (John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)
distribution in Canada; list of provinces of occurrence (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)
Key to Baileya species; PDF doc (Vernon Brou, courtesy Yale U.)
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.