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).
Forewing length 12-16 mm.(1)
Larva to 18 mm (Comstock & Dammers, 1937).
Pupa 13 mm (Comstock & Dammers, 1937).
From Oregon to San Diego west of the Sierra Nevada-Cascade crest.(1)
Adults fly in late winter generally from mid-January to mid-March, but sometimes as early December and as late as May.(1)
Larvae feed on oak catkins (Comstock & Dammers, 1937).
See Comstock & Dammers, 1937.
Swett published his description of Chlorosea naidaria only 18 days after Barnes & McDunnough published pulcherrima!
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)