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Genus Biston

Biston betularia Pepper & salt moth - Biston betularia - female Biston betularia caterpillar - Biston betularia Biston betularia - male Grey and black moth - Biston betularia - female 911062 Biston betularia - Biston betularia Unknown Moth - Biston betularia - male
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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
Tribe Bistonini
Genus Biston
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Biston Leach, 1815
Explanation of Names
Generic name Biston from Greek mythology, Biston was the son of Ares and Calliope. (1)
Numbers
1 species in North America (See the remarks section below.)
1 species in Canada (CBIF)
Range
Holarctic: represented coast-to-coast in North America and Eurasia.
Remarks
Biston multidentata has been moved to Chiricahua multidentata, a new genus in the tribe Nacophorini.
Print References
A revision of the New World Bistonini, (Lepidoptera, Geometridae) By Frederick H. Rindge of the American Museum of Natural History 156(2):, 1975 (2)
Internet References
pinned adult images of B. betularia (CBIF)
pinned adult image of B. multidentata (Bruce Walsh, U. of Arizona) - moved to new genus, Chiricahua
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):.