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Species Eucaterva variaria - Hodges#6918

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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 Eucaterva
Species variaria (Eucaterva variaria - Hodges#6918)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Eucaterva variaria Grote(1), 1882
Eucaterva labesaria Grote, 1882
Eucaterva lymax Druce, 1898
There are two species of the genus Eucaterva listed for America north of Mexico. (2), (3)
Powell & Opler (2009) reported the forewing length 15-16 mm. (4)
Comstock & Dammers (1932) reported the larva mature to 32 mm.
Specimens identified by DNA analysis:

Larva - typical Geometrid shape; two forms, one mauve on the dorsal half and the other blue-green (Comstock & Dammers, 1932).
Powell & Opler (2009)reported the range to include western Texas to southern California. (4)
Adults fly in March, June, and late July to early August.(4)
Powell & Opler (2009)reported the larval host is Chilopsis linearis (Cav.) Sweet (desert willow). (4)
Life Cycle
Comstock & Dammers (1932) available online in the print references describes the life cycle.
Eggs, Larva, Larva refuge, pupa, adult:
See Also
Bob Patterson mentions the antennae spotting distinguishes from Grotellini. (sub-tribe Grotellina)
Print References
Comstock, J.A. & C.M. Dammers, 1932. The metamorphoses of six California Lepidoptera. Bull. Southern California Acad. Sci. 31: 98, pl. 33-35
Grote, A.R., 1882. Two new geometrids from Mr. Neumoegen's collection. Papilio 2(5): 80
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. p. 219; plate 30, fig. 20. [cite:238031, 218]