Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

Information about the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa


TaxonomyBrowse
Info
ImagesLinksBooksData

Species Acherdoa ferraria - Chocolate Moth - Hodges#9636

Moth unknown - Acherdoa ferraria . - Acherdoa ferraria Chocolate Moth - Acherdoa ferraria  Chocolate Moth - Hodges#9636 - Acherdoa ferraria Acherdoa ferraria The Chocolate Moth - Acherdoa ferraria - Acherdoa ferraria moth help please - Acherdoa ferraria Potential Chocolate Moth Caterpillar - Acherdoa ferraria
Show images of: caterpillars · adults · both
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 Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tribe Phosphilini
Genus Acherdoa
Species ferraria (Chocolate Moth - Hodges#9636)
Hodges Number
9636
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Acherdoa ferraria – Walker, 1865
Varina ornata - Neumoegen, 1884
Numbers
the only species in this genus in North America north of Mexico (a)
Size
wingspan 26-28 mm(1)
Identification
Adult: forewing chocolate to reddish-brown with purplish-gray in terminal area; lower AM and PM lines white; most of reniform spot edged with white; hindwing brownish-black; antennae broadly pectinate in male, simple in female
[description by Charles Covell]
Range
Maryland and Virginia to Florida, west to Louisiana
Season
adults fly from March to September, or all year in southern Florida
Food
larval food unrecorded
See Also
could be confused with moths in Limacodidae
Print References
Lafontaine JD, Schmidt BC (2010) Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America North of Mexico. P. 71 (a) (PDF download)
Poole, R. W, 1989; Noctuidae; Lepidopterorum catalogus (New Series, Fasc. 1180, p. 592(1)
Hodges, Ronald W. (ed.), 1983; Check List of the Lepidoptera of America North of Mexico(2)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page with photographs of living and pinned adults.
pinned adult image (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
pinned adult image by John Glaser, Maryland (Larry Line, Moths of Maryland)
Moth Photographers Group - photograph of pinned adult and related species.
presence in Virginia; PDF doc list plus common name reference and state status of S1S2 (Steven Roble, Virginia Dept. of Conservation and Recreation)
presence in Florida; list (John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)
presence in North Carolina 8 pinned specimens in collection, including locally-collected specimens (North Carolina State U.)
classification history of genus up to 1999 (Brian Pitkin, Butterflies and Moths of the World)
caterpillar - Spring 2012 Charleston Co Parks Newsletter
Works Cited
1.Noctuidae; Lepidopterorum Catalogus (Lepidopterorum Catalogues New Series Fasc 118) Part 1 & 2)
Poole, R. W. 1989. CRC Press .
2.Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico.
Hodges, et al. (editors). 1983. E. W. Classey, London. 284 pp.