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Species Eupithecia columbiata - Columbian Eupithecia - Hodges#7459

Eupithecia columbiata 7459 - Eupithecia columbiata IMG_6266 - Eupithecia columbiata Eupithecia sp - Eupithecia columbiata - male Eupithecia columbiata - female Eupithecia  - Eupithecia columbiata - male Eupithecia columbiata Pennsylvania Moth - Eupithecia columbiata Eupithecia columbiata - female
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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 Eupithecia
Species columbiata (Columbian Eupithecia - Hodges#7459)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Eupithecia columbiata (Dyar, 1904) (1)
Tephroclystis columbiata Dyar, 1904
Eupithecia erpata Pearsall, 1908
Eupithecia columbiata columbiata (western subspecies)
Eupithecia columbiata erpata (eastern subspecies)
Cidaria aurata Packard 1867 (this was added with no explanation, error?)
Phylogenetic sequence # 910305
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet for the type location, British Columbia.
There are more than 150 species of the genus Eupithecia in America north of Mexico. (2)
Wingspan 13-24 mm. (2)
Specimen identified by DNA analysis (BOLD)

female - long striated, sclerotized section of ductus bursae above appendix bursae

male - lyre-shaped 8th sternite - unique to North American Eupithecia
Vancouver Island to New Brunswick and Newfoundland, south to North Carolina; to Colorado in the West. (2), (3), (4)
Adults fly in early Spring and the species overwinters as pupae. (5)
Larvae have been associated with willow. (5)
See Also
Many Eupithecia species are similar.
Compare on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group.
Print References
Dyar, H.G. 1904 The Lepidoptera of the Kootenai District of British Columbia. Proceedings of the United States National Museum. 27: 891.
Hampson, G.F. 1885. Moths, p. 355
McAlpine, D.F. & I.M. Smith 2010. Assessment of Species Diversity in the Atlantic Maritime Ecozone. p. 519. (3)
McDunnough , J.H. Revision of the North American species of the genus Eupithecia (Lepidoptera, Geometridae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History. 93(8): 552 (6)
Pearsall, R.F. 1908 Eastern Eupithecias. Entomological news and proceedings of the Entomological Section of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. 19: 193
Works Cited
1.Taxonomic and life history notes on North American Eupithecia (Lepidoptera, Geometridae)
Frederick H. Rindge. 1952. American Museum Novitates 1569: 1-27.
2.North American Moth Photographers Group
3.Assessment of species diversity in the Atlantic Maritime Ecozone
McAlpine D.F., Smith I.M. (eds.). 2010. Canadian Science Publishing (NRC Research Press). 785 pp.
4.Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America
David Beadle and Seabrooke Leckie. 2012. Houghton Mifflin.
5.Annotated list of forest insects of British Columbia, part 3 - Eupithecia spp., part 4 - Hydriomena spp. (Geometridae).
D.A. Ross & D. Evens. 1956. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of British Columbia.52: 36-39.
6.Revision of the North American species of the genus Eupithecia (Lepidoptera, Geometridae)
James H. McDunnough. 1949. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 93(8).
7.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems