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Species Nemoria pulcherrima - Hodges#7016

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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 Geometrinae (Emeralds)
Tribe Nemoriini
Genus Nemoria
Species pulcherrima (Nemoria pulcherrima - Hodges#7016 )
Hodges Number
7016
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Nemoria pulcherrima (Barnes & McDunnough, 1916)
Chlorosea pulcherrima Barnes & McDunnough, 1916
Chlorosea naidaria Swett, 1916
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from the Latin pulcher meaning "beauty". There are two others that share the name, the geometrid Caripeta pulcherrima (Guedet, 1941) and the tortricid Sparganothis pulcherrimana (Walsingham, 1879).
Size
Forewing length 12-16 mm.(1)
Larva to 18 mm (Comstock & Dammers, 1937).
Pupa 13 mm (Comstock & Dammers, 1937).
Range
From Oregon to San Diego west of the Sierra Nevada-Cascade crest.(1)
Season
Adults fly in late winter generally from mid-January to mid-March, but sometimes as early December and as late as May.(1)
Food
Larvae feed on oak catkins (Comstock & Dammers, 1937).
Life Cycle
See Comstock & Dammers, 1937.
Remarks
Swett published his description of Chlorosea naidaria only 18 days after Barnes & McDunnough published pulcherrima!
Print References
Barnes, W. & J.H. McDunnough 1916. New species and varieties of North American Lepidoptera. Geometridae. Contributions to the natural history of the Lepidoptera of North America 3(1): 20
Comstock, J.A. & C.M. Dammers 1937. Notes on the early stages of three California moths. Bull. Southern California Acad. Sci. 36(2): 74-78, pl.36-40 (synonym Chlorosea naidaria)
Ferguson, D.C. 1969. A revision of the moths of the subfamily Geometrinae of America north of Mexico. Bull. Peabody Museum Nat. Hist. 29: 34
Ferguson, D.C. 1985. Moths of America North of Mexico. Fascicle 18.1. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation. p.25, pl.1.16-20. (2)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press, Pl.31.12f, 31.14m, p.220 (1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
2.The Moths of America North of Mexico Fascicle 18.1. Geometroidea, Geometridae (Part), Geometrinae
Douglas C. Ferguson . 1985. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.
3.North American Moth Photographers Group