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Species Sericoptera virginaria - Hodges#6994

Sericoptera virginaria - male Sericoptera virginaria - female Moth - Sericoptera virginaria - male Geometrid of some kind - Sericoptera virginaria - female Geometer moth at blacklight - Sericoptera virginaria - male
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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 Sericoptera
Species virginaria (Sericoptera virginaria - Hodges#6994)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Sericoptera virginaria (Hulst, 1886) (1)
Ripula virginaria Hulst, 1886
Sericoptera insularis (Warren, 1909)
Formerly placed in tribe Ourapterygini
Wingspan 39-42 mm. (Warren), (2)
The original description as Ripula virginaria Hulst and a later description as Sericoptera insularis Warren are both available online in the print references below.
Florida. (3), (4)
Cuba, Mexico
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Adults fly year round in Florida. (2), (4)
Heppner (2003) lists the larval host as aspen(?): (4)
Populus grandidnetata
Populus tremuloidea
See Also
Compare to related species on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group.
Print References
Hulst, G.D. 1886. New species and varieties of Geometridae. Entomologica Americana. 202
Warren, W. 1909. New American Uraniidae and Geometridae. Novitates Zoologicae. 16: 108.
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico.
Hodges, et al. (editors). 1983. E. W. Classey, London. 284 pp.
2.North American Moth Photographers Group
3.Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Florida
4.Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas: Lepidoptera of Florida
J.B. Heppner. 2003. Florida Department of Agriculture 17(1): 1-670.