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Genus Hypena

Hypena abalienalis Dimorphic Bomolocha - Hypena bijugalis - male Green Cloverworm Moth - Hypena scabra - Hypena scabra Moth - Hypena scabra Moth - Hypena californica Hypena palparia Hypena scabra Brown Scaly Moth - Hypena scabra
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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 Erebidae
Subfamily Hypeninae
Genus Hypena
Pronunciation
Bomolocha should be pronounced boe-MOL-oe-kuh (1).
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hypena Schrank, 1802
Bomolocha
genus now includes the former Plathypena scabra
includes most, or all, former members of genus Bomolocha Hübner, 1825
see remarks about Bomolocha
Explanation of Names
Common name (and former genus for some species) Bomolocha from Greek Bomolochus (βωμολο'χος), a jester, a beggar (1). Refers to bold jester-like pattern of wings, presumably.
Generic epithet Hypena is Greek for "beard," referring to the projecting palpi. (2)
Numbers
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 29 species of the genus Hypena in America north of Mexico. (3)
Identification
Adult - long labial palps form a "snout" that projects from the front of the head; triangular forewings held together over abdomen, giving the wings a "swept-back jet fighter" profile when the moth is at rest.
Range
North America east of the Rockies.
Print References
The Century Dictionary--entry for Bomolochus (a genus of crustaceans) (1)
Internet References
pinned adult image thumbnails of Hypena species occurring in Canada, several of which are considered Bomolocha species by some authors (CBIF)
Pacific Northwest Moths - pinned adult images of species occurring in Pacific northwest