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Species Ctenucha multifaria - Hodges#8263

Tiger moth? - Ctenucha multifaria - male - female Tiger moth? - Ctenucha multifaria Assumed a Moth - Ctenucha multifaria Moth by the Ocean - Ctenucha multifaria Ctenuch Multifaria Moth? - Ctenucha multifaria Ctenucha multifaria? - Ctenucha multifaria Ctenucha multifaria? - Ctenucha multifaria Black and Vermilion, white trimed moth - Ctenucha multifaria
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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 Ctenuchina
Genus Ctenucha
No Taxon (rubroscapus/multifaria species complex )
Species multifaria (Ctenucha multifaria - Hodges#8263)
Hodges Number
8263
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ctenucha multifaria (Walker, 1854)
Apistosia multifaria Walker, 1854
Ctenucha multifaria var. luteoscapus Neumoegen & Dyar, 1893
Phylogenetic sequence # 930436
Numbers
Six Ctenucha species are found in America, north of Mexico.(1)
Size
Wingspan 46-50 mm.
Identification
Distal tip and entire costal edge of forewing narrowly white-marginned. Patagia** entirely black.
       
** patagia = pair of small articulated plates, one on each side of the dorsum of the prothorax. The patagia are visible in front of the wing bases and mesonotum...and immediately behind the head. (Caution: They can be mistaken as the posterior portion of the head!)
Range
California
See Also
Ctenucha rubroscapus is very closely related, having only the distal wing tip white-marginned (as opposed to the entire costal edge white-marginned as in C. multifaria).
Indeed, C. multifaria and C. rubroscapus may be variants of a single species...for more details see here.
Print References
Hampson, G.F. 1898. Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum, Volume 1. pg. 529 (Read online here)
Holland, W. J. (1914) The butterfly book; a popular guide to a knowledge of the butterflies of North America. Doubleday, Garden City, N.Y., pg. 102 (Read online here)
Lafontaine J.D. & B.C. Schmidt 2010. Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America North of Mexico. (1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.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 .