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Species Plataea polychroma - Hodges#6921.2

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 Plataea
Species polychroma (Plataea polychroma - Hodges#6921.2 )
Hodges Number
6921.2
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Plataea polychroma Ferris & McFarland, 2010 (1)
Explanation of Names
Ferris & McFarland (2010) stated "We have selected the name polychroma (adjective) to represent both the color differences between the two sexes, and the color variation in the adult females." (1)
Identification
Ferris & McFarland (2010) original description in PDF. (1)
Range
Ferris & McFarland (2010) reports specimens collected in southern Arizona but mentions the range possibly includes New Mexico and western Texas where the host plant thrives. (1)
Food
Ferris & McFarland (2010) reported the species has been reared on several Salvia species but Blue Sage (Shrubby Sage) Salvia pinguifolia (Fernald) Wooton & Standley [Lamiaceae] appears to be the host. (1)
Life Cycle
Ferris & McFarland (2010) describe the life cycle in the PDF. (1)
Print References
Ferris, C. & N. McFarland, 2010. A new species of Plataea (Geometridae: Ennominae) from Southeastern Arizona. Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society 64(2): 98–102; figs. 1-19.(1)
Works Cited
1. A new species of Plataea (Geometridae: Ennominae) from Southeastern Arizona.
Clifford Ferris & Noel McFarland. 2010. Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society, 64(2): 98–102.
2.North American Moth Photographers Group
3.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems