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Species Enypia venata - Variable Girdle - Hodges#7005

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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 Ourapterygini
Genus Enypia
Species venata (Variable Girdle - Hodges#7005)
Hodges Number
7005
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Enypia venata (Grote, 1883)
Identification
A mid-sized, grey geometrid with heavy grey speckling and a dark broad median band, with a heavily scalloped border. Hindwing paler, with a faint PM line. Discal spot black, not white as in Caripeta species. Very similar to Nepytia species (particulary freemani), but in Enypia the forewing PM line comes closest to the wing margin near the apex (where it joins the costa), and in Nepytia the PM line is is nearest the wing margin in the subapica (not apical) area. Distinguished from E. griseata by the AM line, which jogs out to the discal spot in venata - the discal spot is well-separated from the AM band in griseata. (AEC)
Range
Southern Alaska to New Mexico, east to western Alberta (McGuffin 1987).
Habitat
Montane coniferous forest.
Food
Larvae feed on conifers. Western hemlock (Tsuga), Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga), and spruce (Picea) are reported hosts (Prentice 1963).
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - Images of live & pinned adults
Natural Resources Canada - Images of larva & Bio Info
Alberta Entomology Collection (AEC) - Image of pinned adult with description & Bio Info