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Tribe Bistonini

Light Gray Fuzzy Moth - Cochisea rigidaria Phigalia titea - male Paleacrita merriccata moth13 - Phigalia titea - male Unk Moth - Paleacrita merriccata - male Pine Measuringworm - Hodges#6656 (Hypagyrtis piniata) - Hypagyrtis piniata White-spotted Cankerworm - Paleacrita merriccata Paleacrita sp. - Paleacrita merriccata - male
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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 Bistonini
Explanation of Names
From type genus Biston. In Greek mythology Biston was the son of Ares and Calliope. (1)
A total of 22 species are represented in our fauna. (2)
Life Cycle
At times some species are of economic importance as defoliators of woodlands and shade trees. (2)
Some members of the tribe, including species of Biston and Phigalia for example, have melanic forms: these have been studied for 'industrial melanism.' (Rindge 1975)
Print References
Rindge, F.H. 1975. A revision of the New World Bistonini, (Lepidoptera, Geometridae). Bulletin of the AMNH 156 (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.A revision of the New World Bistonini, (Lepidoptera, Geometridae).
Frederick H. Rindge. 1975. American Museum of Natural History 156(2):.