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Species Destutia excelsa - Hodges#6883

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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 Destutia
Species excelsa (Destutia excelsa - Hodges#6883)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Destutia excelsa (Strecker, 1878)
Eurymene excelsa Strecker 1878
Tetracis paralleliaria (Packard)
Destutia excelsa simpliciaria (Grote, 1883)
Destutia excelsa olivata (Barnes & McDunnough, 1917)
Forewing length 12-16 mm.(1)
Arizona to western Texas and north to Utah(2) and Colorado. (3), (4), (1)
Moth Photographers Group - large range map with collection dates.
Adults have two flights from mid-May through August.(1)
Larval host is oak, Quercus (Fagaceae).(1)
Print References
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. pl. 30, fig. 13; p. 217. (1)