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Species Acanthotoca graefii - Hodges#6920

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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 Ourapterygini
Genus Acanthotoca
Species graefii (Acanthotoca graefii - Hodges#6920)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Acanthotoca graefi (Hulst, 1896)
Acanthophora graefi Hulst, 1896
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet in honor of Edward Louis Graef (d.1922), one of the founders of the Brooklyn Entomological Society. In his history of the society, Graef joked that a large percentage of moths named for him and his friend J.B. Smith ultimately did not survive. Smith wrote of the new genus and species Graefia smithii, "if anything will kill this genus it is the combination of names." (1) He was half right. Graefia is now a junior synonym of Animomyia but J.B. Smith lives on as Animomyia smithii.
Wingspan about 30 mm.
Known from Seminole Canyon State Park, Val Verde County, Texas and southern Texas.
Internet References
Works Cited
1.A new geometrid genus and new species from the extreme southwest.
Richard F. Pearsoll. 1910. The Canadian Entomologist, vols. 42(10): 330-332, (cont.) 43(6): 205-207.
2.North American Moth Photographers Group