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Genus Pasiphila

Green Pug - Pasiphila rectangulata Moth 9 - Pasiphila rectangulata GREEN PUG Chloroclystis rectangulata - Pasiphila rectangulata Pasiphila rectangulata Moth 6/16.8 - Pasiphila rectangulata Larentiinae ? - Pasiphila rectangulata Moth on house - Pasiphila rectangulata geometridae - Pasiphila rectangulata
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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 Eupitheciini
Genus Pasiphila
1 species in North America listed at All-Leps
wingspan 17-21 mm
Adult: head, thorax, abdomen mostly green; wings green when fresh, fading to yellowish-brown; multiple wavy or scalloped lines cross the forewing and extend onto hindwing; median slightly darker and more brownish, demarcated on either side by wavy double lines of green; scalloped single green line in subterminal area; green streak connects double PM line and ST line near apex
[adapted from description by Lynn Scott]

Larva: head brown, tiny; body yellowish, tapered at both ends, with dull orange dorsal band on each abdominal segment
northeastern United States, southeastern Canada, and British Columbia
also occurs throughout Europe
woodlots, edges; adults are nocturnal and attracted to light
adults fly from June to August
in Europe, larvae feed on flower buds and flowers of apple, cherry, hawthorn, pear, serviceberry (Amelanchier spp.); diet in North America presumably similar
introduced to northeastern North America from Europe around 1970 (Handfield, 1999); introduced to British Columbia at some later date
Print References
Handfield, Louis. 1999. Les Guide Des Papillons Du Quebec. 662 pp. Broquet.
Internet References
live adult images by various photographers (Moth Photographers Group)
live adult images plus origin, description, foodplants, flight season (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
live adult images plus foodplants, flight season, Old World distribution (Christopher Jonko, European Butterflies)
pinned adult and live larva images (Swedish Museum of Natural History)
distribution in Canada list of provinces (CBIF)