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Species Epimecis hortaria - Tulip-tree Beauty - Hodges#6599

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Geometroidea (Geometrid and Swallowtail Moths)
Family Geometridae (Geometrid Moths)
Subfamily Ennominae
Tribe Boarmiini
Genus Epimecis
Species hortaria (Tulip-tree Beauty - Hodges#6599)
Hodges Number
6599
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Epimecis hortaria (Fabricius, 1794)
E. liriodendraria (J. E. Smith, 1797)
E. diserptaria (Walker, 1860)
E. amplaria (Walker, 1860)
E. dendraria (Guenée, 1857); (form)
E. gravilinearia (Andrews, 1878)
Epimecis carbonaria Haimbach, 1915; (melanic form)
Phylogenetic sequence # 195150
Numbers
There are six Epimecis species found in America north of Mexico.
Size
43-55mm wingspan (1)
Identification
Adult: Large geometer. Scalloped outer margin on hindwing. Variable pattern. Typical pattern is whitish background with black zigzag lines. Two other forms: "dendraria" has broad median and subterminal lines, and melanic "carbonaria" is blackish with white edging on parts of lines. (1)
Larva:
Range
New England and southern Ontario to Florida, west to Illinois/Missouri/Texas. (1)
Season
Late March to early October (1)
* adults fly year round in Florida
Food
Poplars, pawpaw, sassafrass, and tulip-trees. (1)
Print References
Covell, p. 355 & plate 52 #12 (1)
Works Cited
1.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.