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Species Eulithis mellinata - Hodges#7202

Moth - Eulithis mellinata
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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 Larentiinae
Tribe Hydriomenini
Genus Eulithis
Species mellinata (Eulithis mellinata - Hodges#7202)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Spinach Moth
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Eulithis mellinata (Fabricius, 1787)
Phalaena mellinata Fabricius, 1787
Phylogenetic sequence #211175
Wingspan: 26 -31 mm (1)
Adult: FW pale yellow marked with brown fascia and apical streak. Wing pattern usually better contrasted in a male than in female. Transverse lines brown, PM line medially with one projection towards termen, usually joining inner termen at a right angle. Fringe checkered dark brown and white. The hindwings are plain cream. (1)
Larva: Green with white lines. (2)
Found throughout much of the Palearctic region and the Near East though its distribution is rather local due to its specialized larval food plant. In the British Isles it is fairly common in England and Wales. (2)
Univoltine (1)
Larva feeds exclusively on various Ribes species, such as red and black currants. (2)
Life Cycle
The species overwinters as an egg. (2)
Although a European moth, it has been long known in North America, as Hodges placed in his "Check List of the Lepidoptera of America North of Mexico."
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – species page (3)
BOLD Systems - images of DNA supported specimens (4)
Wikipedia - brief description (2)
Lepiforum - images of live & pinned adults, and larva
UK Moths - image of adult