38 species in 21 genera in our area (1)
Recognizable as a group by the heavily scaled legs (particularly visible on forelegs) and the distinctive posture standing "high on the forelegs" (2)
. Details which help to separate genera and species include shape of the FWs, placement and shape of crosslines (if any), FW ground color, and fringe color.
FWs may be triangular, trapezoidal, or oblong. Clydonopteron
have particularly distinctive FW shapes.
When present, AM and PM crosslines may be parallel or not and may be straight, evenly curved, wavy, or jagged in different genera.
typically perch with abdomen upturned.