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Genus Thyris

Pseudothyris sepulchralis - Thyris sepulchralis Mournful Thyris - Thyris sepulchralis Black and white moth on forest floor  - Thyris sepulchralis Thyris maculata Very small moth - Thyris maculata Thyris sepulchralis Spotted Thyris Moth - Thyris maculata Very small butterfly to identify - Thyris maculata
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Thyridoidea (Window-winged Moths)
Family Thyrididae (Window-winged Moths)
Subfamily Thyridinae
Genus Thyris
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Thyris Laspeyres, 1803. Type species: Sphinx fenestrella Schiffermüller [= Thyris fenestrella (Scopoli)]
Pseudothyris Thiele, 1986. Taxonomic notes: The species, sepulchralis, originally placed in genus was placed in Pseudothyris by Thiele in 1986, and it is often treated as the sole species of that separate genus.
Explanation of Names
Genus and common name Thyris is Greek for "small door", or "window", the latter the origin of the family name (1) (Internet searches).
Two Nearctic species, T. maculata & T. sepulchralis. With additional species in Eurasia, including: Thyris fenestralis in Europe, and Thyris usitata in Asia.
12-15 mm wingspan.(2)
Print References
Borror, entries for thyr, thyris (1)
Covell, page 392 (3) (2)
Internet References
classification showing type species, author, and date of Pseudothyris (Butterflies and Moths of the World)
classification showing type species, author, and date of Thyris (Butterflies and Moths of the World)
Pseudothyris sepulchralis at Bold Systems
Thyris maculata at Bold Systems
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.
3.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.