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Species Diphthera festiva - Hieroglyphic Moth - Hodges#8560

Hieroglyphic Moth - Diphthera festiva zebra-colored cat - Diphthera festiva Hieroglyphic Moth  - Diphthera festiva Unknown caterpillar - Diphthera festiva Hieroglyphic moth larvae (Diphthera festiva) - Diphthera festiva Hieroglyphic Moth Caterpillar - Diphthera festiva Hieroglyphic Moth Caterpillar - Diphthera festiva Caterpillar  - Diphthera festiva
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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 Nolidae (Nolid Moths)
Subfamily Diphtherinae
Genus Diphthera
Species festiva (Hieroglyphic Moth - Hodges#8560)
Hodges Number
8560
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.
Numbers
Monotypic genus
Size
Wingspan 37-48 mm
Larva length to 45 mm
Identification

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]
Range
AZ, TX-FL-NC / W. Indies / Mex. to S. Amer. - Map - mostly along broad coastal plain - (MPG)
Season
Jun-Nov (BG data)
Larvae from late summer through fall
Food
Larvae have been reported on a variety of herbaceous plants, shrubs, and trees in thirteen families (see Host Plants section)
Remarks
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.