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Genus Euchlaena

moth - Euchlaena Euchlaena amoenaria  - Euchlaena amoenaria Mottled Euchlaena - Euchlaena tigrinaria Least-marked Euchlaena - Euchlaena irraria Saw-wing - Euchlaena serrata - female Copper colored moth. Highlly scalloped edges. - Euchlaena - male Euchlaena madusaria - Scrub Euchlaena - Euchlaena madusaria Euchlaena obtusaria - Obtuse Euchlaena - Hodges#6726 - Euchlaena obtusaria - male
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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 Angeronini
Genus Euchlaena
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Euchlaena Hübner, 1823
Explanation of Names
Presumably from eu- Greek, well/good, plus chlaena, Greek, cloak. (Based on Internet searches.) A well-cloaked moth--the markings do look rather like a cloak thrown over the wings.
Euchlaena is also a genus of grasses, teosinte, believed to be the precursor to maize. (Based on Internet searches.)
Numbers
Nearctica (1) lists 16 North American species in genus.
Range
throughout United States and southern Canada
Print References
Covell, pp. 361-363, plate 51 (2)
Internet References
Canadian Biodiversity--18 pinned adult images of 9 species in genus
Moth Photographer's Group: Plate 32d, plate 32 c
Georgia Leps--scroll down page to genus--several species illustrated
North Carolina State University Entomology Collection--lists for that state, with number pinned: amoenaria (41), johnsonaria (1), marginaria (5), obtusaria (8), serrata (6)
Works Cited
1.Nearctica: Nomina Insecta Nearctica
2.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.