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Genus Nepytia

False Hemlock Looper pupa  - Nepytia canosaria Nepytia semiclusaria Nepytia sp.? - Nepytia caterpillar - Nepytia canosaria Nepytia canosaria A colorful inchworm - Nepytia Nepytia canosaria Nepytia canosaria
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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 Nepytia
twelve species in the genus for North America north of Mexico.(1)
five species in Canada (CBIF)
wingspan 25-35 mm
forewing ground color varies from whitish to light brown to dark grayish-brown, variably speckled or almost spotless; AM and PM lines prominent, dark gray or blackish - shape varies from scalloped to toothed to irregular
hindwing markings fainter with usually less speckling and a single prominent line crossing wing
coast to coast in United States and southern Canada
conifereous and mixed forest; adults attracted to light
adults fly in summer and fall
larvae generally feed on coniferous trees
See Also
Cingilia catenaria is similar. In the far west, species of Enypia may have a similar color and pattern.
Internet References
pinned adult images of all 5 species occurring in Canada (CBIF)
pinned adult images of N. semiclusaria (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
pinned adult images of N. regulata, janetae, swetti (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.