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Species Virbia fergusoni - Ferguson's Virbia - Hodges#8118.1

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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 Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths)
Tribe Arctiini (Tiger Moths)
Subtribe Arctiina
Genus Virbia
Species fergusoni (Ferguson's Virbia - Hodges#8118.1)
Hodges Number
8118.1
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Virbia fergusoni Zaspel, 2008 (1)
Phylogenetic sequence # 930298 (2)
Explanation of Names
Zaspel named the species in honour of Dr. Douglas Ferguson. (3)
Size
Zaspel (2008) listed the forewing length.
♂ 11 mm. (N=10) [10 ♂ specimens studied]. (1)
♀ 12 mm. (N=10) (1)
Identification
Male FW umber with dark fuscous on the crossveins of the discal spot forming a small transverse band. HW peach red, the subterminal region raw umber. Female FW cinnamon, sometimes with a salmon costal margin. HW peach red, the terminal margins fringed with tawny scales. See referenced PDF for detailed description (1)
Range
Zaspel (2008) studies specimens from Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. (1)
Listed on the South Carolina checklist. (4)
Holotype male from 7.5 mile N.E. Fargo, Clinch County, Georgia (13-vii-1981). (1)
Season
Zaspel (2008) reported the flight period of mid-March through mid-July, with only one Georgia specimen from September. (1)
Food
D.C. Ferguson reared on Taraxacum (dandelion) but the natural host is not certain. (1)
Life Cycle
Zaspel (2008) reported the species likely has multiple broods. (1)
See Also
Can be confused with Virbia opella males which have a lighter colored forewing. (1)
Print References
Zaspel, M., S.J. Weller & R.T. Carde. 2008. A review of Virbia (formerly Holomelina) of America north of Mexico (Arctiidae: Arctiinae: Arctiini). Bulletin of the Florida Museum of Natural History 48(3): 84; figs. 19a, 19b; pl. 2, figs. 4, 5. (1)
Works Cited
1.A review of Virbia (formerly Holomelina) of America north of Mexico (Arctiidae: Arctiinae: Arctiini).
J. M. Zaspel, S. J. Weller, R. T. Carde. 2008. Bulletin of the Florida Museum of Natural History 48(3): 59-118.
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.Alexander Douglas Campbell Ferguson - 1926-2002
R. W. Hodges. 2003. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 57(4): 299-303.
4.South Carolina Moth Species
5.North American Moth Photographers Group
6.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems