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Species Virbia aurantiaca - Orange Virbia - Hodges#8121

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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 Erebidae
Subfamily Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths)
Tribe Arctiini (Tiger Moths)
Subtribe Arctiina
Genus Virbia
Species aurantiaca (Orange Virbia - Hodges#8121)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Virbia aurantiaca (Hübner, 1831)
Orig. Comb: Holomelina aurantiaca Hübner, [1831]
14 spp. n. of Mex. (1)
Wingspan ≈ 19-23 mm
FWL ≈ 10 mm (2)
Adult: Male FW range from clay to cinnamon; female FW from salmon to cinnamon with a faint olive brown discal spot. Male HW peach red with a raw umber subterminal band; female HW peach red with a brown discal spot and brown subterminal markings. (2)
In the east it has been recorded from Manitoba and Nova Scotia, south along the eastern seaboard to Cordoba in Mexico. It has also been recorded from Texas, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, North Dakota and South Dakota. (2)
Larvae have been reared on dandelion and plantain species. (2)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page with photographs of pinned and living adults. (3)
BOLD Systems - images of DNA supported specimens (4)
Wikipedia - brief description (2)
Butterflies and Moths of North America - species account with photograph of pinned adult and range maps. [cite:1179096]