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Species Neoterpes graefiaria - Hodges#6862

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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 Neoterpes
Species graefiaria (Neoterpes graefiaria - Hodges#6862)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Neoterpes graefiaria (Hulst, 1887)
Merochlora graefiaria (Hulst, 1886)
Chlorosea graefiaria Hulst, 1887
Neoterpes has 4 described species in America north of Mexico. (1)
Wingspan is 29-34 mm. (Hulst), (2)
The original description as Chlorosea graefiaria Hulst, and the Ferguson (1969) revised description as
Merochlora graefiaria, are both available online in the print references below.
California and Nevada to Colorado and New Mexico. Possible Oregon record? (3), (2)
Occurs in Baja California.
Syntype collected in Nevada.
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Adults are usually reported from May through September. (2)
Larval host is Penstemon barbatus (Cav.) Roth. (beardlip penstemon). (Seigler)
See Also
Compare to related species on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group.
Print References
Ferguson, D.C. 1969. A revision of the moths of the subfamily Ennominae of America north of Mexico (Insecta, Lepidoptera) Peabody Museum of Natural History Bulletin 29: 179.
Hulst, G.D. 1886. Entomologica America. 2: 123.
Seigler, D.S. 1998. Plant secondary metabolism. Springer. 364.
Stermitz, F.R., Gardner, D.R., & McFarland, N. 1988. Iridoid glycoside sequestration by two aposematic Penstemon-feeding Geometrid larvae. Journal of Chemical Ecology 14(2): 435-441.