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Species Exelis pyrolaria - Fine-lined Gray Moth - Hodges#6478

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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
Species pyrolaria (Fine-lined Gray Moth - Hodges#6478)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Exelis pyrolaria Guenée, [1858]
Phylogenetic sequence # 191950
females 22 - 25 mm.
males 19-24 mm.
Larva - 17 mm.(1)
East of the Mississippi River and south of Illinois and the District of Columbia.
Moth Photographers Group mapping data should be viewed with caution.
Larval hosts include:(1)
Chimaphila umbellata (pipsissewa) * USDA plant profile
Diospyros virginiana (common persimmon) * USDA plant profile
and larvae were reared on two other unknown plants.(Pergande)
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
Hodges, Ronald W. (ed.) 1983. Check List of the Lepidoptera of America North of Mexico. (2)
Rindge, Frederick H. 1952. A revision of the geometrid genus Exelis (Lepidoptera). American Museum novitates ; no. 1582.(1)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - map with some distribution data, photos of living and pinned adults.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems - species account with collection map and photos of pinned adults.
Works Cited
1.A revision of the Geometrid genus Exelis (Lepidoptera).
Frederick H. Rindge. 1952. American Museum Novitates 1582.
2.Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico.
Hodges, et al. (editors). 1983. E. W. Classey, London. 284 pp.