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Species Nemoria arizonaria - Hodges#7021

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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 Geometrinae (Emeralds)
Tribe Nemoriini
Genus Nemoria
Species arizonaria (Nemoria arizonaria - Hodges#7021)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Nemoria arizonaria (Grote(1), 1883) (2)
Aplodes arizonaria Grote,1883
Nemoria aemularia Barnes & McDunnough, 1918
Nemoria olivearia Cassino, 1927
There are 36 named species of the genus Nemoria in America north of Mexico. (3), (2)
Ferguson (1985) listed the forewing length. (2)
♂ 11-13 mm.
♀ 12.5-15 mm.
There are two forms described.(4)(2)
Winter-early spring form has a dark costa
Late spring-summer form females have the first five dorsal abdominal segments shaded reddish. The pale yellowish costa is as wide as the fringe of the same color. Wings striated with white.

Grote (1883) original description as Aplodes arizonaria is avaiable online. 125.
Arizona to western Texas (Davis Mountains). (2), (3)
Canyons between 4,000-8,000'.(2)
Powell & Opler (2009) reported two flight periods of mid-February to mid-May and mid-June to mid-August. (4)
Ferguson (1985) reported McFarland (1982) reared the species on Quercus L. (oak). (2)
See Also
Nemoria daedalea is very similar to the early season form of N. arizonaria with the darker costa but has yellow fringe and less distinct transverse lines. (2)
Compare to other related species on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group.
Print References
Ferguson, D.C., 1969. A revision of the moths of the subfamily Geometrinae of America North of Mexico (Insecta, Lepidoptera). Peabody Museum of Natural History Yale University Bulletin 29, p. 45; plate 9, figs. 1, 1a, 1b; plate 31, fig. 2; plate 43, fig.5, 6. (5)
Ferguson, D.C. 1985. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 18.1. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, p. 27; plate 1, figs. 30-36. (2)
Grote, A.R., 1883. New species and notes on structure of moths and genera. The Canadian Entomologist 15, p. 125.
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press, plate 31, figs. 15-16; p. 220. (4)