Moths of North Dakota

Arctiidae: Arctiinae: Arctiini

Virbia laeta (Guérin-Méneville 1832)

Common name: Joyful virbia.

Hodges #: 8114.

Identification: Rfw 12.2 mm, fw venation quadrifid, dorsal surface of antennae uniform brown, ventral abdomen black; hw lacking discal spot dorsad and ventrad.

Similar species:  8125, 8123, 8121, 8092, 6256.

Distribution: southern Canada and U.S., east of 100th meridian.

Hosts: Larvae have been reared on Plantago-- plantain, and Taraxicum-- dandelion. .


ND, Richland Co., Mirror Pool state recreation area. UV light. 23- VII- 1986, coll. K. Mundall.

Ventral abdomen and hw of V. laeta

Antenna of Virbia laeta.





Last updated: 01/23/07

Gerald M. Fauske
Research Specialist
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Fargo, ND 58105

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