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Species Eulithis molliculata - Dimorphic Eulithis - Hodges#7203

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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 Larentiinae
Tribe Hydriomenini
Genus Eulithis
Species molliculata (Dimorphic Eulithis - Hodges#7203)
Hodges Number
7203
Size
wingspan about 28 mm, based on Moth Photographers Group specimen
Identification
forewing ground color brownish in males, yellowish in females; a triangular dark brown patch near the apex has a single rounded notch and is bordered proximally by a white line; the middle of the forewing contains numerous rounded, elongated shapes fused together to resemble the carpal and metacarpal bones of a human hand, bent at the wrist (these two characteristics are distinctive); the patterns are surrounded by whitish shading, especially along the costa and in the subterminal area
Range
Quebec, Ontario, and northeastern United States
Season
adults fly from June to August
Food
larvae feed on leaves of Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius) and probably gooseberry (Ribes spp.)
Remarks
Apparently a rare or local species with restricted distribution; little information available on the Internet
See Also
other species of Eulithis, especially testata; compare images of several species.