Virbia rubicundaria

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Virbia rubicundaria
Virbia rubicundaria - Ruddy Holomelina Moth (14277171542).jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Erebidae
Genus: Virbia
Species: V. rubicundaria
Binomial name
Virbia rubicundaria
(Hübner, 1827)
  • Crocota rubicundaria Hübner, 1827
  • Holomelina rubicundaria
  • Crocota belfragei Stretch, 1885
  • Crocota diminutiva Graef, 1887
  • Crocota rosa French, 1890

Virbia rubicundaria, the ruddy holomelina, black-banded holomelina or least holomelina, is a moth in the family Erebidae. It is found from Georgia and Florida, along the Gulf Coast to eastern Texas.

The length of the forewings is about 8.9 mm for males and 8.7 mm for females. The male forewings are clay with light orange hues. The female forewings are clay with light orange hues. The hindwings are flesh ocher with a brown discal spot and brown subterminal markings. There are multiple generations per year with adults on wing year-round.

Larvae have been reared on dandelion species and Lactuca floridana.[1]


  1. ^ Zaspel, J.M., Weller S.J. & Cardé, R.T., 2008: A faunal review of Virbia (formerly Holomelina) for North America North of Mexico (Arctiidae: Arctiinae: Arctiini). Bulletin of the Florida Museum of Natural History 48 (3): 59-118. Full article: [1].