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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Panorpida
Cladus: Amphiesmenoptera
Ordo: Lepidoptera
Subordo: Glossata
Cladus: Coelolepida
Cladus: Myoglossata
Cladus: Neolepidoptera
Infraordo: Heteroneura
Cladus: Eulepidoptera
Cladus: Ditrysia
Cladus: Apoditrysia
Cladus: Obtectomera
Cladus: Macroheterocera
Superfamilia: Noctuoidea

Familia: Erebidae
Subfamilia: Arctiinae
Tribus: Arctiini
Subtribus: Phaegopterina
Genus: Pseudohemihyalea
Species: P. ambigua – P. anapheoides – P. asignata – P. carmen – P. carteronae – P. celsicola – P. cornea – P. cymothoe – P. daraba – P. debilis – P. despaignei – P. edwardsii – P. euornithia – P. fallaciosa – P. fulvizonata – P. griseiventris – P. hampsoni – P. haxairei – P. inexpectata – P. klagesi – P. labecula – P. ludwigi – P. mansueta – P. melas – P. minerva – P. nimbipicta – P. ochracea – P. potosi – P. rhoda – P. rhodator – P. roseicorpus – P. schausi – P. sonorosa – P. splendens – P. syracosia – P. testacea – P. utica – P. watkinsi

Pseudohemihyalea Rego-Barros, 1956

Lafontaine, J.D. & Schmidt, B.C. 2010. Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico. Zookeys 40: 1–239. DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.40.414 Reference page.
Schmidt, B.C., 2009: Revision of the “Aemilia” ambigua (Strecker) species-group (Noctuidae, Arctiinae). Zookeys 9: 63-78. DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.9.149. Reference page.
de Toulgoët, H. 1999b. Description de nouvelles Arctiides d’Amérique centrale (61e note), (Lepidoptera Arctiidae Arctiinae). Lambillionea 99(4): 511-514. Reference page.

Pseudohemihyalea is a genus of moths in the family Erebidae described by Régo Barros in 1956. While the caterpillars of most species of Pseudohemihyalea feed on broad-leaved trees (e.g. oaks, Quercus), the P. ambigua group has larvae that feed on conifers. Their forewing coloration has accordingly evolved to light-and-dark lengthwise striping, giving better camouflage among the slim needles of the host plants. In this, they seem to be convergent to certain geometer moths, such as Caripeta piniata or Sabulodes niveostriata.[1]


The genus was long included in Hemihyalea when the latter was still unresolved versus Amastus, but seems to be distinct and in fact contain more species than originally believed. The initial confusion stems partly from the fact that Régo Barros when describing the genus set the type species to be Phaegoptera rhoda, but he had actually misidentified Pseudohemihyalea schausi specimens as P. rhoda.[1]

The additional species were usually considered a group of the genus Aemilia, but this was long realized to be awkward and possibly wrong. Since then, a variety of data has been found to suggest the red-banded aemilia ("Aemilia" ambigua) and its closest relatives correctly belong in Pseudohemihyalea. However, the genus is still in need of definite revision, as at least one species is incorrectly placed here.[1]
Selected species

Species of Pseudohemihyalea include:[1]

Pseudohemihyalea ambigua (Strecker, 1878) – red-banded aemilia
Pseudohemihyalea anapheoides (Rothschild, 1909)
Pseudohemihyalea asignata (Reich, 1938)
Pseudohemihyalea carmen (Schaus, 1920)
Pseudohemihyalea carteronae (Toulgoët, 1982)
Pseudohemihyalea carteronae (Toulgoët, 1982)
Pseudohemihyalea celsicola (Toulgoët, 1982)
Pseudohemihyalea daraba (Druce, 1894)
Pseudohemihyalea debilis (Rothschild, 1916)
Pseudohemihyalea despaignei (Toulgoët, 1982)
Pseudohemihyalea edwardsii (Packard, 1864) – Edwards' glassy-wing
Pseudohemihyalea euornithia Dyar, 1914
Pseudohemihyalea fallaciosa Toulgoët, 1997
Pseudohemihyalea hampsoni Joicey & Talbot, 1916
Pseudohemihyalea inexpectata Toulgoët, 1999
Pseudohemihyalea klagesi (Rothschild, 1909)
Pseudohemihyalea labecula (Grote, 1881) – freckled glassy-wing
Pseudohemihyalea labeculoides Toulgoët, 1995
Pseudohemihyalea ludwigi Beutelspacher, 1984
Pseudohemihyalea mansueta (H.Edwards, 1884)
Pseudohemihyalea melas (Dognin, 1902)
Pseudohemihyalea nimbipicta Dyar, 1914
Pseudohemihyalea ochracea (Rothschild, 1909)
Pseudohemihyalea porioni Toulgoët, 1995
Pseudohemihyalea potosi Schmidt, 2009
Pseudohemihyalea rhoda (Druce, 1894)
Pseudohemihyalea schausi (Rothschild, 1935)
Pseudohemihyalea sonorosa Schmidt, 2009
Pseudohemihyalea splendens Barnes & McDunnough, 1910
Pseudohemihyalea syracosia(Druce, 1889)
Pseudohemihyalea testacea (Rothschild, 1909)
Pseudohemihyalea utica (Druce, 1897)


Schmidt (2009)


Schmidt, B. Christian (2009): Revision of the "Aemilia" ambigua (Strecker) species-group (Noctuidae, Arctiinae). ZooKeys 9: 63–78. doi:10.3897/zookeys.9.149 PDF fulltext

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