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Species Epimecis hortaria - Tulip-tree Beauty - Hodges#6599

Tulip-tree Beauty (Epimecis hortaria) - Epimecis hortaria Tulip-tree Beauty Moth - Hodges #6599 - Epimecis hortaria Moth - Epimecis hortaria caterpillar - Epimecis hortaria ventral view - Epimecis hortaria - male Geometer moth - Epimecis hortaria - male Tulip-tree Beauty Moth - Hodges #6599 - Epimecis hortaria - male tuliptree beauty - Epimecis hortaria
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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 Boarmiini
Genus Epimecis
Species hortaria (Tulip-tree Beauty - Hodges#6599)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Epimecis hortaria (Fabricius, 1794)
E. liriodendraria (J. E. Smith, 1797)
E. diserptaria (Walker, 1860)
E. amplaria (Walker, 1860)
E. dendraria (Guenée, 1857); (form)
E. gravilinearia (Andrews, 1878)
Epimecis carbonaria Haimbach, 1915; (melanic form)
There are six Epimecis species found in America north of Mexico.
43-55mm wingspan (1)
Adult: Large geometer. Scalloped outer margin on hindwing. Variable pattern. Typical pattern is whitish background with black zigzag lines. Two other forms: "dendraria" has broad median and subterminal lines, and melanic "carbonaria" is blackish with white edging on parts of lines. (1)
New England and southern Ontario to Florida, west to Illinois/Missouri/Texas. (1)
Late March to early October (1)
* adults fly year round in Florida
Poplars, pawpaw, sassafrass, and tulip-trees. (1)
Print References
Covell, p. 355 & plate 52 #12 (1)
Works Cited
1.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.