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Species Hethemia pistasciaria - Pistachio Emerald - Hodges#7084

Little Green Moth - Hethemia pistasciaria Hethemia pistasciaria Pistachio Emerald - Hodges#7084 for LA - Hethemia pistasciaria Pistachio Emerald - Hodges#7084 (Hethemia pistasciaria) (June 1, 2014)  - Hethemia pistasciaria Hethemia pistasciaria Pistachio Emerald - Hethemia pistasciaria twig-mimic inchworm in a bog - host plant - Hethemia pistasciaria Pistachio Emerald? - Hethemia pistasciaria
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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 Geometrinae (Emeralds)
Tribe Hemitheini
Genus Hethemia
Species pistasciaria (Pistachio Emerald - Hodges#7084)
Hodges Number
7084
Size
16-31mm wingspan.
Identification
Larva light green inchworm, with a thin reddish dorsal line, and reddish cleft head.

Adult, deep yellowish to grayish green when fresh, turning various yellows greens, orange, or brown. AM and PM lines dotted, white, and inconspicuous. HW squarred off but not sharply pointed.
Range
Southern Canada to Florida and Texas.
Season
adults April-July
Food
Larva eat basswood, birch, blueberry, ironwood, ninebark, willow, oak, and other woody plants.
Print References
(1)Wagner
(2)Covell
Works Cited
1.Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2005. Princeton University Press.
2.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.