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Genus Idia

#8331 Idia laurentii  - Idia lubricalis Idia aemula Carpet Moth? - Idia americalis Commo Idia - Idia aemula unknown Nepytia - Idia aemula Idia denticulalis - Hodge's # 8333 - Idia denticulalis common idia - Idia aemula Common Idia - Idia aemula
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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 Herminiinae (Litter Moths)
Genus Idia
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Idia Hübner, 1813. Synonyms:
Epizeuxis
Explanation of Names
Appears to be a variant of Greek idio "one's own, peculiar" (1). The Century Dictionary (2) gives this (Greek ιδιος) as the origin of the (obsolete) name for a fly genus Idia Meigen, 1826.
Numbers
18 species in North America north of Mexico (3)
Food
Most species are detritophagous: they eat dead organic matter on the ground or in the soil. Some eat fungus and/or lichens. One species, Idia gopheri, lives in abandoned burrows of the Gopher Tortoise and feeds on its droppings.
Print References
Borror, entry for idio (1)
The Century Dictionary, entry for Idia (fly genus) (2)
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.The Century Dictionary: an encyclopedic lexicon of the English language
3.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 .