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Species Mericisca scobina - Hodges#6607

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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 Mericisca
Species scobina (Mericisca scobina - Hodges#6607)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Mericisca scobina Rindge, 1958 (1)
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet scobina is taken from a characteristic of the male genitalia. Scobina is Latin for a carpenter's rasp. Rindge described the male as having a "scobinate vesica," meaning the vesica has a rough surface. (1)
There are three species of the genus Mericisca in America north of Mexico. (2), (3)
Rindge (1972) reported the forewing length. (4)
♀ 19-22 mm.
♀ 17-21 mm.
Rindge (1972) described the adults including genitalia. (4)
Rindge (1972) reported the range to include southeastern Arizona to New Mexico, north along the Front Range of Colorado. (4)
Elevation range of 5,000-8,000 feet. (4)
Rindge (1972) reported the adults were most common from June to August. He also noted there was one April record in the collection. (4)
Rindge (1972) did not mention a host plant.
Life Cycle
Rindge (1972) reported Mericisca scobina is possibly double brooded with a confirmed April record. (4)
Print References
Rindge, F.H., 1958. Descriptions of and notes on North American Geometridae (Lepidoptera), No. 3. American Museum Novitates, 1910: 8; figs. 8, 16, 17, 22. (1)
Rindge, F.H., 1972. A revision of the moth genus Mericisca (Lepidoptera, Geometridae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 149(4): 363; figs. 17, 13, 19, 21. (4)
Works Cited
1.Descriptions of and notes on North American Geometridae (Lepidoptera). No. 3.
Frederick H. Rindge, Charles P. Kimball, Loyd M. Martin . 1958. American Museum Novitates 1910: 1-24.
2.Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico.
Hodges, et al. (editors). 1983. E. W. Classey, London. 284 pp.
3.North American Moth Photographers Group
4.A revision of the moth genus Mericisca (Lepidoptera, Geometridae)
Frederick H. Rindge. 1972. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 149(4): 341-406.
5.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems
6.Moths of Southeast Arizona