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Species Hyperaeschra georgica - Georgian Prominent - Hodges#7917

7917 Georgian Prominent - Hyperaeschra georgica Caterpillar June 30 - Hyperaeschra georgica Moth B - unident - Hyperaeschra georgica 7917 - Hyperaeschra georgica Georgian Prominent  - Hyperaeschra georgica Unidentified Moth - Hyperaeschra georgica Georgian Prominent  - Hyperaeschra georgica unknown moth - Hyperaeschra georgica
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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 Notodontidae (Prominent Moths)
Subfamily Notodontinae
Tribe Notodontini
Genus Hyperaeschra
Species georgica (Georgian Prominent - Hodges#7917)
Hodges Number
7917
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hyperaeschra georgica (Herrich-Schäffer, 1855)
Phylogenetic sequence # 930010
Size
Wingspan 34-47 mm
Identification
Adult: forewing variably yellowish-beige to greenish-gray to grayish-brown or a patchy diffuse combination of those colors; AM and PM lines jagged, black, lined with white on side away from median area; large dull yellowish basal patch usually present; short black streaks in subterminal area near costa and near anal angle; triangular tuft of black scales midway along inner margin projects upward when moth holds wings in resting "tent" position (see example photo)
hindwing white in male; gray in female

Larva: body green or whitish-green with conspicuous yellow spiracular stripe often edged with red, and continuing onto head and mandibles; body below spiracular stripe bright green with elongate maroon spot on most segments; top of eighth abdominal segment with small orangish-red knob
[larval description adapted from Caterpillars of Eastern Forests]
Range
New Brunswick to Florida, west to eastern California, north to Manitoba (absent from Pacific northwest)
Habitat
Deciduous forests
Season
adults fly from April to August in the south; May to July in north
larvae present from June to October
Food
Larvae feed on leaves of oak (Quercus spp.)
Life Cycle
two generations per year in the south; one or two in the north
Print References
Covell, p. 330, plate 42 #8 (1)
Wagner, p. 53 (2)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - range map, photos of larva, living and pinned adults.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems - species account with collection map and photos of pinned adults.
Larry Line, Maryland adult images showing range of coloration
Dave Czaplak, Maryland live adult image showing triangular tuft of black scales
Canadian Biodiversity pinned adult image
Caterpillars of Eastern Forests live larva image plus description, foodplants, seasonality, life cycles (David Wagner and Valerie Giles, USGS)
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.