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Species Virbia immaculata - Immaculate Virbia - Hodges#8124

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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 Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths)
Tribe Arctiini (Tiger Moths)
Subtribe Arctiina
Genus Virbia
Species immaculata (Immaculate Virbia - Hodges#8124)
Hodges Number
8124
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Virbia immaculata (Reakirt, 1864) (1)
Crocota immaculata Reakirt, 1864
Holomelina mmaculata (Reakirt, 1864)
Phylogenetic sequence # 930307
Numbers
There are 15 described species of the genus Virbia found in America north of Mexico.(2)
Size
Forewing length 12 mm. (1)
Identification
The original description as Crocota immaculata Reakirt, is available online in the print references below.
The Zaspel, Weller & Cardé (2008) revised description of Virbia immaculata is in PDF. (1)
Range
This species occurs north of latitude 40 degrees, from the Eastern Coast of North America west to Manitoba. This species can also be found in Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana. Revision of the Genus
Listed as Holomelina mmaculata on some checklists.
Season
Adults have two flights beginning in June and the second in August. (1)
Food
Larval hosts include:
Taraxacum (dandelion)
Plantago (plantain)
See Also
Compare on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group.
Print References
Reakirt, T. 1864. Contributions towards a monograph of the genus Crocota. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Philadelphia. 2: 372.
Zaspel, J. M., S. J. Weller, & R. T. Cardé. 2008. A review of Virbia (formerly Holomelina) of America north of Mexico (Arctiidae: Arctiinae: Arctiini). Bulletin of the Florida Museum of Natural History. 48(3): 89. (1)
Works Cited
1.A review of Virbia (formerly Holomelina) of America north of Mexico (Arctiidae: Arctiinae: Arctiini).
J. M. Zaspel, S. J. Weller, R. T. Carde. 2008. Bulletin of the Florida Museum of Natural History 48(3): 59-118.
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 .