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Species Neoterpes ephelidaria - Hodges#6859

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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 Ennominae
Tribe Ourapterygini
Genus Neoterpes
Species ephelidaria (Neoterpes ephelidaria - Hodges#6859)
Hodges Number
6859
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Neoterpes ephelidaria (Hulst, 1886)
Heterolocha ephelidaria Hulst, 1886
Neoterpes ephelidaria var. kunzei Hulst, 1898
* phylogenetic sequence #201925
Explanation of Names
Perhaps from Latin ephelid meaning freckled.
Size
Larva to 22 mm. (1)
Pupa 13 mm. (1)
Identification
Specimens identified by DNA analysis:
Range
MPG records indicate all of California, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. (2)
Food
Larvae have been found and reared on southwestern pricklypoppy (Argemone pleiacantha, Papaveraceae) and flatbud pricklypoppy (Argemone munita) (Comstock & Dammers; Goeden & Ricker; BugGuide records).
Life Cycle
Pupate at soil surface in a loose silken cocoon. (1)
Print References
Comstock, J.A & C.M. Dammers 1942. Notes on the life histories of two California moths. Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences 41(1): 44-47
Goeden, R.D. & D.W. Ricker 1985. Prickly Poppies, Argemone corymbosa and A. munita, in Southern California—Native Weeds Attacked by Few Insects. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 78(2): 214-216 (abstract)
Hulst, G.D. 1886. New species of Geometridae, No 2. Entomologica Americana. 2: 120
Works Cited
1.Notes on the life histories of two California moths.
John A. Comstock & Charles M. Dammers . 1942. Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences 41(1): 44-47.
2.North American Moth Photographers Group