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Species Ceratonyx satanaria - Hodges#6780

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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 Nacophorini
Genus Ceratonyx
Species satanaria (Ceratonyx satanaria - Hodges#6780)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ceratonyx satanaria Guenée, [1858]
Phylogenetic sequence #199925
Explanation of Names
satanaria is in reference to the Satanic "horned" look of the larva
Three Ceratonyx are found in America north of Mexico.(1)
35mm (Based on Vargo specimen)
Larvae - similar in form to that of arizonensis, with a very long pair of prothoracic filaments, but has three small projections on the second abdominal segment and only a stump of the filament on the eighth abdominal segment. The body is gray, with the head, filaments, subdorsal line and all legs rusty red(2)
The coastal plains of the southeastern United States, extending from South Carolina to Georgia and northern Florida, to near the Mississippi River in west-central Mississippi, and to eastern Texas(2)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some collection locations and dates.
Most records are from January through April.
Liquidamber styraciflua L. (sweetgum) (2)
Life Cycle
Edna found this pdf by Andrei Sourakov and Minna Stubina which describes the caterpillar.
Print References
Vernon A. Brou, Jr. 2005. Ceratonyx satanaria in Louisiana. Southern Lepidopterist Society.(1)
Works Cited
1.Ceratonyx satanaria in Louisiana
Vernon A. Brou, Jr. 2005. Southern Lepidopterist Society.
2.A revision of the moth genus Ceratonyx (Lepidoptera, Geometridae).
Frederick H. Rindge. 1975. American Museum novitates ; no. 2564.