Species Details

Virbia ferruginosa

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Common NameRusty Holomelina SeasonalityLate June to July. IdentificationThe identification of the western species in this complex, V. aurantiaca (Huebner), V. fragilis (Strecker), and V. ferruginosa (Walker) is not clearcut, and the taxonomy is in need of revision. The extent of the dark markings of the hindwing margin and the ground colour is variable in all species, but fragilis is slightly larger than ferruginosa, and is known only from the foothills south of the Bow River Valley. Virbia aurantiaca is slightly smaller, with a darker, more even hindwing margin.

Scientific Name Virbia ferruginosa Common Name Rusty Holomelina Habitat Clearings and meadows in wooded areas, including bogs. Seasonality Late June to July. Identification
The identification of the western species in this complex, V. aurantiaca (Huebner), V. fragilis (Strecker), and V. ferruginosa (Walker) is not clearcut, and the taxonomy is in need of revision. The extent of the dark…
The identification of the western species in this complex, V. aurantiaca (Huebner), V. fragilis (Strecker), and V. ferruginosa (Walker) is not clearcut, and the taxonomy is in need of revision. The extent of the dark markings of the hindwing margin and the ground colour is variable in all species, but fragilis is slightly larger than ferruginosa, and is known only from the foothills south of the Bow River Valley. Virbia aurantiaca is slightly smaller, with a darker, more even hindwing margin.
Life History Attracted to light, but readily takes flight if disturbed during the day. Diet Info Various low-growing plants. Range Across Canada west to B.C. Not known to occur in the western U.S. Notes Formerly placed in the genus Holomelina.

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"Virbia ferruginosa, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-212. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Noctuoidea Family Arctiidae Genus Virbia Species Virbia ferruginosa
This hierarchy is created from our museum records, it may not always accurately reflect modern taxonomies.

Taxonomic Hierarchy for University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum