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Species Dysschema howardi - Northern Giant Flag Moth - Hodges#8040

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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 Erebidae
Subfamily Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths)
Tribe Arctiini (Tiger Moths)
Subtribe Pericopina
Genus Dysschema
Species howardi (Northern Giant Flag Moth - Hodges#8040)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Daritis howardi (Hy. Edwards)
Orig. Comb: Daritis thetis, Klug, var. howardi Hy. Edwards, [1887]
Syn: Daritis thetis (1)
Explanation of Names
"Flag Moth" is a common name coined for the subfamily Pericopinae by Hogue (1993) (2)
No other species of Dysschema ranges as far north as Dysschema howardi.
1 sp. n. of Mex. (a second sp. may have strayed once from Mexico).
There are some 90(!) species of Dysschema, mostly in South America.
male, female and larva
AZ to w. TX / NW Mex. (MPG)
See Also
Mariamne's Giant Flag Moth - Mike Quinn, 2007
Print References
Cary, S.J. 2002. Winslow L. Howard: pioneer New Mexico naturalist. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 56(2): 49-52.
Cary, S.J., & R. Holland. 2002. Francis H. Snow's New Mexico butterfly collections. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 56(3): 151-161.
Edwards, H. [1887]. Apparently new forms of N. American Heterocera. Ent. Amer. 2: 165-171. Full PDF
Knudson, E. & C. Bordelon. 2003. Pub. 3: Checklist of Big Bend National Park. Texas Lepidoptera Survey, Houston. (treats 1300 species, 12 color plates).
Knudson, E. & C. Bordelon. 2003. Pub. 7: Checklist of Davis Mountains, TX. Texas Lepidoptera Survey, Houston. (treats 1100 species, 10 color plates).
McFarland, N. 1961. Notes on the early stages of Daritis (howardi?) (Pericopidae) from Cameron Peak, New Mexico. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 15(3): 172-174.
Internet References
Texas Entomology - Mike Quinn, 2007
Works Cited
1.The Moth Book
W.J. Holland. 1968. Dover.
2.Latin American Insects and Entomology
Charles L. Hogue. 1994. University of California Press.