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Species Eulithis diversilineata - Lesser Grapevine Looper Moth - Hodges#7196

Geomteridae, Lesser Grapevine Looper Moth, larva - Eulithis diversilineata Eulithis diversilineata Geometridae on Grape - Eulithis diversilineata Geometridae on Grape - Eulithis diversilineata Geometridae on Grape - Eulithis diversilineata lesser grapevine looper - Eulithis diversilineata lesser grapevine looper? - Eulithis diversilineata genitalia - Eulithis diversilineata - 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 Larentiinae
Tribe Hydriomenini
Genus Eulithis
Species diversilineata (Lesser Grapevine Looper Moth - Hodges#7196)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Eulithis diversilineata (Hübner, [1813])
Petrophora diversilineata Hübner, [1813] (pl.206)
* phylogenetic sequence #211000
Wingspan 28-33 mm. (1)
A text description is needed that explains how to reliably distinguish photos of this species from the similar Greater Grapevine Looper (Eulithis gracilineata). See sample images of both species in link below.
Do not place images here unless you have a valid reason for doing so! Adults of diversilineata and gracilineata cannot be separated without rearing or dissection.*

* The forewing measures of the Greater and Lesser essentially do not overlap (Lesser 12-15 mm; Greater, 16-19 mm). Thus, this is a case where photographs with a millimeter rule are not only useful but crucial for photo identification. Compare these images of Lesser (left) and Greater (right).
Larval hosts are grape and Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia, Vitaceae). (1)
Print References
Choi, Sei-Woong 2001. Phylogeny of Eulithis Hübner and related genera (Lepidoptera: Geometridae), with an implication of Wing Pattern Evolution. American Museum Novitates 3318: 1-37 (PDF)
Covell Jr., C.V. 1984. A Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America. Houghton Mifflin Company. p.380, pl.49.5 (1)
Internet References
pinned adult images of E. diversilineata and E. gracilineata (CBIF)
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.