Thysania is a genus of moths in the family Erebidae.
A genus is a taxonomic rank used in the biological classification of living and fossil organisms, as well as viruses, in biology. In the hierarchy of biological classification, genus comes above species and below family. In binomial nomenclature, the genus name forms the first part of the binomial species name for each species within the genus.
Moths comprise a group of insects related to butterflies, belonging to the order Lepidoptera. Most lepidopterans are moths, and there are thought to be approximately 160,000 species of moth, many of which have yet to be described. Most species of moth are nocturnal, but there are also crepuscular and diurnal species.
Family is one of the eight major hierarcical taxonomic ranks in Linnaean taxonomy; it is classified between order and genus. A family may be divided into subfamilies, which are intermediate ranks between the ranks of family and genus. The official family names are Latin in origin; however, popular names are often used: for example, walnut trees and hickory trees belong to the family Juglandaceae, but that family is commonly referred to as being the "walnut family".
Thysania agrippina is a species of moth in the Erebidae family. The most commonly accepted common name is white witch. Other common names include mariposa emperador, ghost moth, great grey witch, and great owlet moth. Thysania agrippina is of interest as a competitor for title of "largest insect." This may be true by the measure of wingspan--a Brazilian specimen with a wingspan of almost 30 cm (12 in) appears to hold the record. The Atlas moth and Hercules moth, however, have greater wing areas. The white witch occurs from Uruguay to Mexico, and appears as a stray as far north as Texas in the U.S. Collection dates shows no discernible pattern with respect to location or season.
Thysania zenobia, the owl moth, is a species of moth in the Erebidae family. The species was first described by Pieter Cramer in 1776, and is native to North and South America and the Caribbean.
Attacus atlas, the Atlas moth, is a large saturniid moth endemic to the forests of Asia. The species was first described by Carl Linnaeus in his 1758 10th edition of Systema Naturae.
Oxytenis is a genus of moths in the family Saturniidae and subfamily Oxyteninae. The genus was erected by Jacob Hübner in 1819. During its larval form, it has large eyespots on the front of its head in an attempt to mimic a snake. The larva has unusual, large, almost wing-like, fleshy protrusions on either side.
The erebid moth Ascalapha odorata, commonly known as the black witch moth, is a large bat-shaped, dark-colored nocturnal moth, found from Brazil to the southern United States. It is the largest noctuid found in the continental United States. In the folklore of many cultures in Latin America and the Caribbean, it is associated with death or misfortune.
Neococytius is a monotypic moth genus in the family Sphingidae erected by Ronald W. Hodges in 1971. Its only species, Neococytius cluentius, the Cluentius sphinx, was first described by Pieter Cramer in 1776. It is found in northern South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. It is rare on Cuba. It has been recorded in North America, from Mississippi north to Michigan and Illinois.
The genus Aellopos consists of large day-flying moths in the family Sphingidae. It was first described by Jacob Hübner in 1819. Species in this genus occur from Maine in the United States through Central America and down to Argentina and Uruguay in South America.
Autochloris is a genus of moths in the subfamily Arctiinae.
Calonotos is a genus of moths in the subfamily Arctiinae.
Erebus is a genus of moths in the family Erebidae.
Coenipeta is a genus of moths in the family Erebidae.
Eudocima is a genus of moths of the family Erebidae first described by Gustaf Johan Billberg in 1820.
Gonodonta is a genus of moths in the family Erebidae.
Cyllopoda is a genus of moths in the family Geometridae.
Madoryx is a genus of moths in the family Sphingidae. The genus was first described by Jean Baptiste Boisduval in 1875.
Darapsa is a genus of moths in the family Sphingidae first described by Francis Walker in 1856.
The Erebinae are a subfamily of moths in the family Erebidae. Erebine moths are found on all continents except Antarctica, but reach their greatest diversity in the tropics. While the exact number of species belonging to the Erebinae is not known, the subfamily is estimated to include around 10,000 species. Some well-known Erebinae include Underwing moths (Catocala), and Witch moths (Thermesiini). Many of the species in the subfamily have medium to large wingspans, up to nearly 30 cm in the White Witch moth, which has the widest wingspan of all Lepidoptera. Erebine caterpillars feed on a broad range of plants; many species feed on grasses and legumes, and a few are pests of castor bean, sugarcane, rice, as well as pistachios and blackberries.
Amerila vidua is a moth of the subfamily Arctiinae. It was described by Pieter Cramer in 1780. It is found in Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Tanzania.
The Thermesiini are a tribe of moths in the family Erebidae.
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