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Genus Cryphia

Cryphia - Cryphia cuerva Cryphia Moth - Cryphia cuerva unknown moth - Cryphia olivacea Cryphia sp.? - Cryphia Arizona Moth - Cryphia pallidioides Hodges 9293 - Cryphia pallidioides Cryphia?  - Cryphia olivacea Crypia sp. - Cryphia olivacea Cryphia olivacea
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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 Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Bryophilinae
Genus Cryphia
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cryphia Hübner, 1818
Poecilia Schrank, 1802
Jaspidia Hübner, 1806
Euthales Hübner, 1820
Jaspidia Hübner, 1822
Bryophila Treitschke, 1825
Bryoleuca Hampson, 1908
Nyctobrya Boursin, 1957
Scythobrya Boursin, 1960
Hymenocryphia Boursin, 1967
Bryopsis Boursin, 1970
* formerly placed in subfamily Acronictinae by Hodges in 1983
* the Old World genera Bryoleuca and Euthales were treated as valid genera in 1996 by Beck, who brought them out of synonymy with Cryphia
Explanation of Names
Generic epithet Cryphia is Greek meaning "hidden." (1)
Numbers
About 12 species in North America. More than 20 additional species in Eurasia.
Identification
Adult - thorax and abdomen slender, delicate; forewing usually mottled with cryptically-colored mix of black, white, bronzy yellow, and gray scales; lines and spots often obscure; one species (cyanympha) has pale green forewing with black markings; no subterminal line; hindwing either uniformly gray or gray tinted with white; diffuse discal spot sometimes visible.
Range
Holarctic. In North America, mostly western (British Columbia and Alberta to California and Texas); one species (C. cyanympha) occurs in southeastern United States from North Carolina to Florida and Mississippi.
See Also
Pseudobryomima species have a jagged subterminal line on the forewing, and a larger/bulkier body (compare images of P. muscosa and C. cuerva at CBIF)
Internet References
pinned adult images of 2 species by Jim Vargo (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult images of C. albipuncta, C. fascia, and C. oaklandiae (California Dept. of Food and Agriculture)
pinned adult image of C. sarepta (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
pinned adult image of C. cyanympha (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
live adult images of 4 species in Europe (Jeff Higgott, UK)
synonyms and number of world species (Brian Pitkin et al, Butteflies and Moths of the World)
sample species and distribution of world Cryphia species, with links to images plus synonyms, references (Markku Savela, FUNET)
presence in California of 8 species (U. of California at Berkeley)
distribution in Canada of 2 species (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.