Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

Information, insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa


TaxonomyBrowse
Info
ImagesLinksBooksData

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
Show images of: caterpillars · adults · both
Classification
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
Nearctica.com lists 3 spp.
Remarks
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.