Virbia aurantiaca – Orange Holomelina

Hodges # 8121

These tiny bright orange moths are common in our remnant prairies.  (Their genus name changed recently – from Holomelina to Virbia.)  There are several species that have orange forewings, and can only be told apart by their hindwings – and  I haven’t often seen their hindwings – so we may have more than one species.

Caterpillar foods:  low plants and crops including corn, dandelion, pigweed and plantain  (Beadle & Leckie)

8/21/2011

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