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Species Xerociris wilsonii - Wilson's Wood-nymph Moth - Hodges#9298

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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 Agaristinae
Genus Xerociris
Species wilsonii (Wilson's Wood-nymph Moth - Hodges#9298)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Xerociris wilsonii (Grote, 1863)
Ciris wilsonii Grote, 1863
Phylogenetic sequence # 931963
Explanation of Names
Named in honor of Dr. Thomas B. Wilson
The only Xerociris species found in America north of Mexico.(1)
Wingspan is 35-38 mm. (2)
In Eudryas species if the hindwing was partially visible as in these photos it would appear to be yellow with a red border. X. wilsonii has a rather distinctive marking along the inner margin that also differs from all species of Eudryas, otherwise the forewings are fairly similar.
-- Bob Patterson
South-Central Oklahoma to Mexico - Map (2),(MPG)
Adults seen February to October. (3), (2)
Sorrelvine, Cissus trifoliata (Vitaceae) (2)
Print References
Crumb, S.E. 1956. The larvae of the Phalaenidae U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Technical Bulletin no. 1135 p. 11 (view)