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Species Marathyssa inficita - Dark Marathyssa - Hodges#8955

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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 Euteliidae
Subfamily Euteliinae
Genus Marathyssa
Species inficita (Dark Marathyssa - Hodges#8955)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Marathyssa inficita (Walker, 1865)
Eutelia inficita Walker, 1865 (1)
Phylogenetic sequence # 931103
Marathyssa includes three species in America north of Mexico. (2)
wingspan 2.5-2.8 cm.
The forewings are blue-grey with dark streaking and maroon near the base and apex.
The maroon/reddish patch along costa near apex is not present in Marathyssa basalis
Widespread in eastern North America, west across southern Canada to southern British Columbia
larvae feed on Staghorn sumac (Rhus hirta), Smooth Sumac (Rhus glabra), and Poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans).
Life Cycle
1.mated pair 2.middle instar larva instar larva
See Also
Marathyssa minus which is very similar and occurs from Texas to Arizona
Marathyssa basalis has dorsal tufts on abdomen, Forbes (1954) (3)
Print References
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America, pl. 46.1, p. 263. (4)
Walker, 1865: 818 (1)
Works Cited
1.List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum
F. Walker. 1865. Vol 33-34.
2.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .
3.Lepidoptera of New York and Neighboring States, Part III [Noctuidae]
William T. M. Forbes . 1954. Cornell University. Agricultural Experiment Station Memoir: Number 329: 1-433.
4.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
5.North American Moth Photographers Group
6.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems