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Species Hypagyrtis esther - Esther Moth - Hodges#6655

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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 Bistonini
Genus Hypagyrtis
Species esther (Esther Moth - Hodges#6655)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hypagyrtis esther (Barnes)
Paraphia esther Barnes, 1928
Wingspan 25-45 mm, female larger
Similar to H. unipunctata (One-spotted Variant), but wings evenly violet-gray, not mottled. Beyond postmedian line they are reddish brown. Melanic individuals are a chocolate brown.
TX-FL-NH-IA (plus a few outer strays) - Map (MPG)
Presumably in or near pine forests
adults fly Apr-Oct (MPG)
Larvae feed on leaves of pines
See Also
H. unipunctata (One-spotted Variant) usually has lighter yellowish-tan to orangish wings, mottled with white, brown, and blackish
Distinction between unipunctata and esther by external appearances not reliable. See Bob Belmont's Variant Page at MPG.
Print References
Covell, p. 357, plate 51 (1)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – images of live & pinned adults
BOLD Systems - images of pinned DNA supported specimens
Maryland Moths adult images (Larry Line, Maryland)
Works Cited
1.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.