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Species Meris paradoxa - Hodges#6877

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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 Meris
Species paradoxa (Meris paradoxa - Hodges#6877)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Meris paradoxa Rindge, 1981 (1)
* phylogenetic sequence #202450
Explanation of Names
From Latin paradoxus, strange or contrary to expectation. (1)
Forewing length 18-19 mm.
Larva to 45 mm.
Pupa 15 mm.
Adult - thinly scaled, slightly transparent, pale buff with scattered brown and grayish scaling; maculation weakly represented, cross lines grayish brown, tending to be broad, incomplete. (1)

Larva - brightly colored and boldy patterned, black and yellow on a white background.
Southern Arizona: described from the Santa Rita Mountains, BugGuide records from the Huachuca Mountains.
Type Location: Madera Canyon, Santa Rita Mtns, AZ. (1)
Adults fly April and August. (1)
Native host plant is snapdragon vine, also know as roving sailor (Maurandya antirrhiniflora) (Boros, Stermitz, McFarland, 1991). Will take common snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus) in captivity (McFarland).
Print References
Boros, C.A., F.R. Stermitz, N. McFarland 1991. Processing of iridoid glycoside antirrinoside from Maurandya antirrhiniflora (Scrophulariaceae) by Meris paradoxa (Geometridae) and Lepipolys species (Noctuidae). Journal of Chemical Ecology 17(6): 1123-1133 (abstract)
Rindge, F.H. 1981. A revision of the moth genera Meris and Nemeris. American Museum Novitates 2710: 1-28 (PDF)
Internet References
Works Cited
1. A revision of the moth genera Meris and Nemeris
Fredrick H. Rindge. 1981. American Museum Novitates 2710: 1-28.