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Species Selenia kentaria - Kent's Geometer - Hodges#6818

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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 Anagogini
Genus Selenia
Species kentaria (Kent's Geometer - Hodges#6818)
Hodges Number
6818
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Selenia kentaria – (Grote & Robinson, 1867). Synonyms, etc.
Selenia glaucata - Barnes & McDunnough, 1917 (summer form)
Numbers
one of only two species in the genus occurring in North America north of Mexico
Size
Wingspan 3.2-5.2 cm.
Identification
adults mimic wilted leaves and hold wings over head at rest, while the larvae resemble twigs
Range
According to the University of Alberta: "Central Alberta east to Nova Scotia, south to GA, AL, AR, MS (Wagner et al. 2001, McGuffin 1987). McGuffin (1987) reported it as far west as Saskatchewan."
Habitat
Deciduous forests, etc.
Season
adults fly March to August
Food
larvae feed on hardwood trees such as Prunus and Betula
Print References
Covell, p. 365, plate 55 #3 (1)
Caterpillars of Eastern Forests (caterpillar) (2)
Hodges, Ronald W. (ed.), 1983; Check List of the Lepidoptera of America North of Mexico(3)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page with photographs of living and pinned adults.
NCSU Entomology Collection--this is the only member of its genus in the collection.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems - species account with photograph of pinned adult and DNA sequence
Species page from the University of Alberta Entomology Collection
Works Cited
1.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
2.Caterpillars of Eastern Forests
David L. Wagner, Valerie Giles, Richard C. Reardon, Michael L. McManus. 1998. U.S. Dept of Agriculture, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team.
3.Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico.
Hodges, et al. (editors). 1983. E. W. Classey, London. 284 pp.