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Genus Idia

looks like a stealth bomber - Idia aemula Small Caterpillar - Idia Glossy Black Idia - Idia lubricalis Hodges #8323 - Common Idia - Idia aemula moth081714b1 - Idia lubricalis Erebidae: Idia americalis - Idia americalis Herminiinae (Litter Moth), American Idia - Idia aemula Idia sp. - Idia
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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 .