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Species Greya variabilis - Hodges#0194.2

Small alpine moth - Greya variabilis Greya variabilis? - Greya variabilis
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Adeloidea (Fairy Moths and kin)
Family Prodoxidae (Yucca Moths)
Subfamily Prodoxinae
Genus Greya
Species variabilis (Greya variabilis - Hodges#0194.2)
Hodges Number
Widely distributed over Alaska, occurring as far north as Umiat (69°25'N lat.), westward to the Pribilof and St. Lawrence Islands, and as far south as Oregon. It is the most boreal of all the Nearctic Incurvarioidea, being one of only two species in this superfamily known to occur north of the Arctic Circle. (1)
Currently unknown(2)...but has been found among ericaceous shrubs, and a few herbaceous plants, see Matt Goff's comment here.
As its specific name suggests, this species demonstrates the greatest variation in maculation of all New World Prodoxidae.
Internet References
Curated reference photos: Plate 1.30 & Plate 1.31 (enlarged online versions plate photos from Powell & Opler(2))
Works Cited
1.Biology and systematics of Greya Busck and Tetragma, new genus (Lepidoptera: Prodoxidae).
Donald R. Davis, Olle Pellmyr & John N. Thompson. 1992. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 524: 1-74, f.251-375.
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.