Dysauxes ancilla

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Dysauxes ancilla
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Erebidae
Subfamily: Arctiinae
Genus: Dysauxes
D. ancilla
Binomial name
Dysauxes ancilla
  • Phalaena Noctua ancilla Linnaeus, 1767
  • Bombyx obscura Fabricius, 1781
  • Phalaena lemopicta Fourcroy, 1785
  • Phalaena fuscoptera Fourcroy, 1785
  • Dysauxes ancilla race abundans Dannehl, 1933
  • Naclia Modesta Krulikowsky, 1895

Dysauxes ancilla, the handmaid, is a species of moth of the family Erebidae. The species was first described by Carl Linnaeus in his 1767 12th edition of Systema Naturae. It lives in southern and central Europe, through Turkey and Armenia, over the Ural Mountains and up to the Caucasus.

The wingspan is 22–25 mm.

The larvae primarily feed on Taraxacum, Senecio, Plantago and Lactuca species.

External links[edit]

  • Kimber, Ian. "72.0344 BF2071 The Handmaid Dysauxes ancilla (Linnaeus, 1767)". UKMoths. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  • Fauna Europaea
  • Lepiforum e.V.