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Genus Patalene

Patalene olyzonaria, Juniper Twig Geometer Moth. I'm fairly certain this id is correct; if not, please let me know. - Patalene olyzonaria - male Juniper-twig Geometer or Rose Hooktip??? - Patalene olyzonaria - female Patalene olyzonaria - female Juniper-twig Geometer - Patalene olyzonaria - male caterpiller - Patalene olyzonaria Patalene olyxonaria? - Patalene olyzonaria Moth R - Patalene olyzonaria - male Moth ID Request - Patalene olyzonaria
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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 Patalene
Numbers lists 3 spp.
Patalene is apparently an ancient Greek geographic term referring to a region of the Indus Delta, what is now called the Lower Sindh, part of modern-day Pakistan. Patalene was a region of (then) India conquered by the Greeks under Alexander the Great. (This is based on Internet searches.)

The connection with the moth seems quite obscure. Wild speculation: the pattern of the moth might resemble a map of the region. The prominent feature is the Indus River, and the line on the moth's wings might resemble a river on a map.