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Species Cyclophora nanaria - Dwarf Tawny Wave - Hodges#7140

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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 Sterrhinae
Tribe Cosymbiini
Genus Cyclophora
Species nanaria (Dwarf Tawny Wave - Hodges#7140)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cyclophora nanaria (Walker, 1861)
Ephyra nanaria Walker, 1861
Zonosoma nanularia Herrich-Schaffer, 1870
Euephyra serrulata Packard 1873
Ephyra obscura Druce 1898
Wingspan about 16 mm.
More reddish, with semi-solid black AM & PM lines. White spot on each wing, surrounded with black.
California to Texas.
New Jersey to Florida west along Gulf coast.
Ontario - not listed on Pohl 2018.
June to July; again in Sept-Oct in the north, all season in the south.
Life Cycle
Possibly two generations per year.
larva; larva; pupa; adult
Often attracted to lights.

Holotype as Ephyra nanaria female by Walker 1861. Type Locality: Dominican Republic. In the British Museum of Natural History, London, England.
Holotype as Zonosoma nanularia female by Herrich-Schaffer, 1870. Type Locality: Cuba. In the Instituto de Ecologia y Sistematica, Gundlach Collection, Havana, Cuba. Type #1042.
Note: Badly decayed from dermestid-type insects.
Holotype as Euephyra serrulata female by Packard, 1873. Type Locality: Texas. Packard’s collection is in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard, Cambridge, Massachusetts. No results on search.
Holotype as Ephyra obscura male by Druce, 1898. Type Locality: Mexico. Museum unknown.
See Also
Similar Species: Cyclophora packardi and C. pendulinaria have the am and pm lines dotted with white; both have an over-all lighter colour.
Print References
Walker, F. 1861. Geometrites. List. Spec. Lep. Ins. British Museum 22: 633
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum, 1861, Pt. 22 by Walker, pg. 633.
Die Schmetterlinge der Insel Cuba, 1870. Correspondenz-Blatt des Zoologisch-Mineralogischen Vereines in Regensburg, Vol. 24 by Herrich-Schaffer, pp. 97-108.
Report for 1873 of the Peabody Academy of Science, Salem by Packard, pg. 73.
Report of the United States Geological Survey of the Territories, Dept. Interior, 1876, Vol. 10 by Hayden, pg. 366: repeat of Report for 1873 (above).
Biologia Centrali-Americana, 1898, Vol. 2: American Lepidoptera & Heterocera by Druce, pg. 536.
Entomological News, 1900, Vol. 11 by Hulst, pg. 538.
Idesia (from Chile), 2001, Vol. 19: Notes on the flower moth olive tree Cyclophora nanaria by Vargas et al., pp. 25 to 33. Not Available.
Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Southeastern North America, 2018 by Leckie & Beadle, pg. 290.
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - map with some collection dates, living and pinned adults.