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Genus Exelis

Fine-lined Gray Moth - Exelis pyrolaria Gray moth with wide wings - Exelis pyrolaria Caterpillar - Exelis pyrolaria Exelis ophiurus - Exelis Geometer ??? - Exelis pyrolaria Exelis pyrolaria Fine-lined Gray - Exelis pyrolaria Eupithecia sp.? - Exelis pyrolaria
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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 Boarmiini
Genus Exelis
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Exelis Guenee, 1857
Patridava Walker, 1863
There are about 4 species in the genus and 3 species in NA. (1)(2)(3)
See an extended discussion of the problems of Exelis identification in Dave Barker's journal post on iNaturalist and comments on that post.
Print References
Rindge, Frederick H. 1952. A revision of the geometrid genus Exelis (Lepidoptera). American Museum novitates ; no. 1582.(3)
Works Cited
2.North American Moth Photographers Group
3.A revision of the Geometrid genus Exelis (Lepidoptera).
Frederick H. Rindge. 1952. American Museum Novitates 1582.