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Species Neoterpes edwardsata - Hodges#6861

Moth - Neoterpes edwardsata - male 036 Ennominae,  - Neoterpes edwardsata Kehoe Beach geometrid? c - Neoterpes edwardsata Yellow moth - Neoterpes edwardsata Unknown Moth - Neoterpes edwardsata - male Neoterpes edwardsata Neoterpes edwardsata Crab Spider with moth prey (but I can't identify either) - Neoterpes edwardsata - male
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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 Ourapterygini
Genus Neoterpes
Species edwardsata (Neoterpes edwardsata - Hodges#6861)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Neoterpes edwardsata (Packard, 1871)
Heterolocha edwardsata Packard, 1871
Phylogenetic sequence # 201975
Explanation of Names
Named in honor of Henry Edwards.
One of four species in this genus.
Forewing length 17-20 mm. (1)
Larva to 28-30 mm. (2)
Pupa 13-16 mm. (2)
Larva - vary from light green with faint longitudinal lines to yellow tan with light brown, light tan, and grey brown stripes and bands. Spiracles are black with narrow yellow lines, and legs are almost white basally. Last instars extremely variable and similar to N. ephelidaria (1)

Pupa - pupation is on the ground or slightly underground in silk webbing that has debris and soil particles intermixed. Pupa is covered with a whitish powdery bloom. (1)

California to Colorado and Arizona. (3), (1)
Adults fly February though December. (1)
Larval host in native habitats is California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) and in suburban yards often tree poppy (Dendromecon rigida) and Coulter's Matilija poppy (Romneya coulteri).
Life Cycle
Print References
Comstock, J.A. 1955. Early stages of Neoterpes edwardsata Pack. Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences 54(1): 33. (4)
Comstock, J.A. 1964. Additional notes on the life history of Neoterpes edwardsata (Geometridae). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 18(1): 32-34 (2)
Packard, A.S. 1871. Catalog of the Phalaenidae of California. Proceedings of the Boston Society of Natural History 13: 383
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. pl.30.5f, 30.6m, p.216 (1)
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
2.Additional notes on the life history of Neoterpes edwardsata (Geometridae)
John Adams Comstock. 1964. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 18(1): 32-34.
3.North American Moth Photographers Group
4.Early stages of Neoterpes edwardsata (Pack.)
John Adams Comstock. 1955. Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences, 54(1): 33-35.
5.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems