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Genus Diphthera

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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 Nolidae (Nolid Moths)
Subfamily Diphtherinae
Genus Diphthera
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Diphthera Hübner, [1809]
Euglyphia Hübner, [1820]
Noropsis Guenée, 1852
Explanation of Names
Generic name Diphthera is from Greek meaning "a prepared hide." (1)
1 species in North America.
Larvae feed on a variety of herbaceous plants, shrubs, and trees.
Larvae have potential to become pests of crops such as pecan, soybean, and sweet potato. Larvae apparently toxic; birds have been observed feeding on the larvae and immediately spitting them out.
Print References
Hübner, J. [1809] Sammlung exotischer Schmetterlinge 1: pl.(193)
Works Cited
1.An accentuated list of the British Lepidoptera, with hints on the derivation of the names.
Anonymous. 1858. The Entomological Societies of Oxford and Cambridge.