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Species Philtraea monillata - Hodges#6851

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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 Ourapterygini
Genus Philtraea
Species monillata (Philtraea monillata - Hodges#6851)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Philtraea monillata Buckett, [1971]
Phylogenetic sequence # 201725
wingspan 10-16 mm; second-generation adults are much smaller than first-generation
Adult: forewing white with broad yellow AM and PM lines, bordered by dark spots on both sides; O-shaped marking along costa similar color to AM and PM lines, and equidistant between them; terminal line composed of dark dots; fringe white; hindwing white; top of head with yellow scales; antennae bipectinate in both sexes but pectinations longer in male.
southern United States in drainage basin of Mississippi River from Missouri and Kentucky south to Louisiana
adults fly from early June to late August (2 broods)
larvae are thought to feed on privet (Ligustrum spp.)
Life Cycle
two generations per year
See Also
best distinguished from other Philtraea species by geographic location
Print References
Buckett, J.S., 1970 (1971). Revision of the Nearctic genus Philtraea Hulst, with notes on biology and the descriptions of new species (Geometridae). Journal of Research on Lepidoptera 9(1): 62. (1)