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Genus Hypena

Dimorphic Bomolocha - Hypena bijugalis - male Baltimore Hypena - Hodges#8442 - Hypena baltimoralis Caterpillar - Hypena madefactalis White-lined Bomolocha - Hodges#8445 (Hypena abalienalis) - Hypena abalienalis white-lined bomolocha - Hypena abalienalis Hypena abalienalis White-lined Hypena - Hypena abalienalis Hypena madefactalis - Gray-edged Bomolocha  - Hypena madefactalis
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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 Hypeninae
Genus Hypena
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hypena Schrank, 1802
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)
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 29 species of the genus Hypena in America north of Mexico. (3)
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.
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