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Species Dichordophora phoenix - Phoenix Emerald - Hodges#7057

Phoenix Emerald - Dichordophora phoenix - male Moth - Dichordophora phoenix Emerald Moth with red anterior wing edge - Dichordophora phoenix maybe Dichordophora phoenix? - Dichordophora phoenix Dichordophora phoenix Phoenix Emerald Moth - Dichordophora phoenix Dichordophora phoenix possible Dichordophora phoenix  - Dichordophora phoenix
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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 Geometrinae (Emeralds)
Tribe Dichordophorini
Genus Dichordophora
Species phoenix (Phoenix Emerald - Hodges#7057)
Hodges Number
7057
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Dichordophora phoenix (Prout, 1912) (1), (2)
Dichorda phoenix Prout, 1912 (128)
Explanation of Names
The type specimen, a female, was collected in Phoenix, Arizona; this is the origin of the specific epithet and the suggested common name, Phoenix Emerald.
Numbers
The only named species of Dichordophora in America north of Mexico. (1), (3)
Size
Forewing length: (1)
♂ 12.5-14.5 mm. (males can be as small as 10.5 mm)
♀ 12-16.5 mm.
Identification
Original description online as Dichorda phoenix Prout. (128)
Adult: forewing green with straight whitish AM and PM lines that curve slightly at costa; distance along costa between AM and PM lines less than 2x distance between PM line and apex; narrow reddish-brown strip along costa has scattered pale patches; green shading slightly darker along medial edge of AM and PM lines; hindwing green with straight whitish PM line having slightly darker green shading along basal edge
Range
California(4) and Nevada to Colorado and Texas. (5), (2), (1),(6)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Habitat
Deserts(5); adults are nocturnal and come to light.
Season
Arizona and Texas records from April to November. (2), (1)
California records from December to May. (2), (1)
Food
Larvae feed on Skunkbush Sumac (Rhus trilobata). (1), (6)
Remarks
This is the type species of the genus Dichordophora. (1)
See Also
In species of Dichorda, distance along costa between AM and PM lines is more than 2x distance between PM line and apex (for example, see image of Dichorda rectaria.
Print References
Ferguson, D.C. 1969. A revision of the moths of the subfamily Geometrinae of America north of Mexico (Insecta, Lepidoptera). (2)
Ferguson, D.C, 1985. The Moths of America North of Mexico Fascicle 18.1. Geometroidea, Geometridae (Part), Geometrinae. p. 79; pl. 3.54-56.(1)
Porter, A.H. 1986. Life history of Nemoria glaucomarginaria (Barnes & McDunnough) and larval taxonomy of the tribe Nemoriini (Geometridae: Geometrinae). (5)
Prout, L.B. 1912. Genera Insectorum, Fascicules 129, Geometridae, p. (128).
Internet References
pinned adult image and foodplant (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
pinned adult images plus dates and locations (Friends Central School, Pennsylvania)
Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) - species account with collection map and photos of pinned adults.
presence in California; list of 4 specimen records with dates and locations (U. of California at Berkeley)