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Genus Emarginea

Green Marvel Moth? - Emarginea percara Emarginea sp. - Emarginea percara Emarginea sp. - Emarginea dulcinea Green Moth - Emarginea percara Emarginea percara Emarginea percara Emarginea percara? - Emarginea percara Emarginea percara
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Amphipyrinae
Tribe Psaphidini
Subtribe Nocloina
Genus Emarginea
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Emarginea Guenée, 1852
formerly placed in subfamily Amphipyrinae
placed in subfamily Hadeninae by Kitching and Rawlins in 1999 (no information on Tribe placement could be found on the Internet)
Size
wingspan to 30 mm ?
Range
E. percara: southern United States (Maryland to Florida, west to California)
E. dulcinea and pallida: west of Texas (California, Arizona, and probably New Mexico)
other species occur in Mexico and Central & South America
Season
adults fly from April to October
Food
larvae feed on leaves of mistletoe (Phoradendron spp.)
Remarks
Emarginea percara is rare and local in the northern part of its range. Its larval food plant (mistletoe) is represented by two species in eastern United States: Oak Mistletoe (Phoradendron leucarpum) which is widespread, and Mahogany Mistletoe (P. rubrum) which is restricted to Florida.
Both mistletoe species mentioned above are threatened or endangered, which doesn't bode well for the moth E. percara.

It is probably best to consider all IDs of Emarginea photos to be tentative - Bob Patterson
Internet References
pinned adult image of E. percara by John Glaser, plus food plant and status (Larry Line, Maryland)
pinned adult images of E. dulcinea (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
pinned adult image of E. pallida (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
collection dates of 7 specimens of 3 species in California (U. of California at Berkeley)
classification and synonyms with links to images, references (Markku Savela, FUNET)
placement in subfamily Hadeninae (Brian Pitkin, Butterflies and Moths of the World)