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Genus Plataea

Sagebrush Girdle - Plataea trilinearia Moth - Plataea trilinearia Plataea blanchardaria 6925  - Plataea diva - female Mottled Moth - Plataea trilinearia Hodges#6921.1 - Plataea blanchardaria - male Plataea blanchardaria 6922   - Plataea personaria - male
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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 Plataea
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Plataea Herrich-Schäffer, 1855
There are eight named species of Plataea in America north of Mexico. (1)
wingspan 12-24 mm
Adult: Upper surface of forewings either various shades of gray, marked with white or silvery white, with sexes alike, or beige or pale grayish brown, males with darker median area and females with unicolorous wings; maculation variable within each species, t.a. and t.p. lines usually uniting above anal margin, forming point or large ellipse, and with s.t. line present; hind wings pale grayish white, lighter in color than forewings, and with reduced or no maculation.
[excerpt of description by Frederick Rindge, copied from PDF doc cited below]
western North America, south into Mexico
Print References
Rindge, F. 1976. A Revision of the Moth Genus Plataea (Lepidoptera, Geometridae). American Museum of Natural History Novitates. 2595:1-27, (2)
Works Cited
1.North American Moth Photographers Group
2.A revision of the moth genus Plataea (Lepidoptera, Geometridae)
Frederick H. Rindge. 1976. American Museum of Natural History Novitates 2595: 1-27.