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Genus Bellura

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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 Arzamini
Genus Bellura
5 species in North America listed at All-Leps
wingspan 35-55 mm (1)
eastern United States and coast to coast in southern Canada
larvae are aquatic
adults fly from April to September
larvae feed on the leaves and stems of various aquatic plants
Life Cycle
two generations per year in the south, one in the north; overwinters as a mature larva
In Florida, burrows in Nuphar by a member of this genus are inhabited by larvae of an undescribed species of Chironomus.(2)
Print References
Covell, pp. 128-129, plate 28 (1)
Internet References
Canadian Biodiversity--pinned adult images of 3 species
live adult images of 3 species by various photographers (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult images of 3 species by Jim Vargo (Moth Photographers Group)