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Genus Virbia

Mystery Moth - Virbia Orange Holomelina - Virbia aurantiaca New Moth  - Virbia orange moth - Virbia Holomelina? - Virbia Virbia ostenta moth - Virbia moth - Virbia
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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 Erebidae
Subfamily Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths)
Tribe Arctiini (Tiger Moths)
Subtribe Arctiina
Genus Virbia
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Virbia Walker, 1854
Bepara Walker, 1865a
Cathocida Hampson, 1901, misspelling
Cothocida Walker, 1865b
Crocata authors, misspelling
Crocota authors, not Hübner, 1823
Cytorus Grote, 1866
Eubaphe authors, not Hübner, 1823
Holomelina Herrich-Schäffer, 1855
Terna Walker, 1865a
Numbers
Fourteen species of Virbia are found in America north of Mexico.(1)
Size
wingspan 18-28 mm, based on numerous photos by Jim Vargo at MPG
Identification
Most adults are yellowish above on forewings, with bright hindwings, a typical startling pattern. H. laeta is striking dark brown/black with pink hindwings.
Range
includes eastern North America
Habitat
fields, open areas with hostplant; come to lights at night, but also found flying in daytime
Season
adults fly May-September
Food
Larvae probably feed on various herbs. Can be reared on dandelion, plantain.
Print References
Covell, pp. 64-65, plate (2)
Internet References
pinned adult images of 9 species and photos of related species by Jim Vargo (Moth Photographers Group)
adult H. aurantiaca and H. opella (Larry Line, Maryland)
North Carolina State University Entomology Collection lists for that state: ferruginosa, nigricans, opella, rubicundaria
Works Cited
1.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .
2.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.