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Genus Orthosia

1045 Orthosia praeses - Protector Quaker Moth 10480 - Orthosia praeses The Pretty Quaker - Orthosia pulchella Orthosia hibisci? - Orthosia hibisci Noctuidae: Orthosia hibisci - Orthosia hibisci Owlet Moth - Orthosia praeses Speckled Green Fruitworm moth - Orthosia hibisci Brown armyworm type moth - Orthosia hibisci Orthosia praeses
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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 Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tribe Orthosiini
Genus Orthosia
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Orthosia Ochsenheimer, 1816
Explanation of Names
Generic epithet Orthosia is the surname of a goddess. (1) According to Herodotus, "on the coast of Byzantium there was an altar to Diana Orthosia."
22 Orthosia species occur in America north of Mexico. (2)
Virtually all species have a single spring flight. (3)
Larvae feed on spring growth of woody trees and shrubs. (3)
Print References
Lafontaine J.D. & B.C. Schmidt 2010. Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America North of Mexico. p.87 (2)
Ochsenheimer, F. 1816. Die schmetterlinge von Europa 4: 79
Works Cited
1.An accentuated list of the British Lepidoptera, with hints on the derivation of the names.
Anonymous. 1858. The Entomological Societies of Oxford and Cambridge.
2.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 .
3.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.