Sunday, November 09, 2008

Hooktip and False Owlet Moths of Berrien County, Michigan

The hooktip and false owlet moths (Family Drepanidae) are represented in Berrien County, as documented in Sherman Moore’s (1955) Annotated List of the Moths of Michigan (.pdf), consist of just 2 species (representing 2 subfamilies and 2 genera).

The hooktip and false owlet moths of Berrien County represent 9.5 percent of the 21 species known from the U.S. and Canada and 0.6 percent of the approximately 1,000 species known worldwide.

Taxonomic classification and scientific names follow the All-Leps North American Checklist, while common names are from the BugGuide. An asterisk denotes a species documented from Berrien County by Moore:
Subfamily Drepaninae (hooktip moths):
  • Drepana arcuata, Arched Hooktip*

    Subfamily Thyatirinae (false owlet moths):
  • Pseudothyatira cymatophoroides, Tufted Thyatirin*
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