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Subfamily Ennominae

Snowbush caterpillar (Spanworm) of White-tipped Black Moth (Melanchroia chephise) is devouring our snowbushes (Breynia nivosa) - Melanchroia chephise Moth Larva - Hypagyrtis unipunctata curve-toothed geometer - Eutrapela clemataria Pretty - Alsophila pometaria Ilecta intractata - Ilexia intractata Moth Larva - Protoboarmia porcelaria Geometridae - Biston betularia linden looper - Erannis tiliaria
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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
Explanation of Names
From they type genus Ennomos, Greek meaning "lawful, just." (1)
Numbers
Contains about half of the world's known species of Geometridae. 751 N. American species.
Identification
The lack of an M2 vein in the hindwing is the distinguishing characteristic of the subfamily (Matthew Barnes, Moths of the Grenadines)
Remarks
Many are gray, but colors vary.
Print References
(2)
Works Cited
1.An accentuated list of the British Lepidoptera, with hints on the derivation of the names.
Anonymous. 1858. The Entomological Societies of Oxford and Cambridge.
2.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.