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Species Diphthera festiva - Hieroglyphic Moth - Hodges#8560

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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
Species festiva (Hieroglyphic Moth - Hodges#8560)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Diphthera festiva (Fabricius)
Orig. Comb: Bombyx festiva Fabricius 1775
* phylogenetic sequence #931120.1 (1)
Explanation of Names
"Hieroglyphic Moth" taken from Cramer's synonym.
Monotypic genus
Wingspan 37-48 mm
Larva length to 45 mm

Adult: forewing lemon yellow with elaborate pattern of metallic bluish-gray lines and three rows of dots parallel to external margin; pronotum lemon yellow with metallic bluish-gray lines; abdomen black; hindwing dark gray with pale hairs along edges

Larva: white or cream with series of transverse black bands on dorsal side (3 or 4 bands per segment, one of these bands is more conspicuous); transverse bands end in ventrolateral longitudinal black stripe below spiracles, which resemble small black dots; ventral portion of abdomen white with black thoracic and abdominal legs; head capsule and anal plate orangish-red
[adapted from description at U. of Florida]
AZ, TX-FL-NC / W. Indies / Mex. to S. Amer. - Map - mostly along broad coastal plain - (MPG)
Jun-Nov (BG data)
Larvae from late summer through fall
Larvae have been reported on a variety of herbaceous plants, shrubs, and trees in thirteen families (see Host Plants section)
Larvae have potential to become pests of crops such as pecan, soybean, and sweet potato.
Larvae are apparently toxic; birds have been observed feeding on the larvae and immediately spitting them out (see U. of Florida page)
Internet References
Featured Creatures - James C. Dunford and Kathryn A. Barbara, University of Florida, 2004
Works Cited
1.Additions and corrections to the check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
J. Donald Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt . 2013. ZooKeys 264: 227-236.