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Species Dyspteris abortivaria - The Bad-Wing - Hodges#7648

Dyspteris abortivaria - male The Bad-Wing  - Dyspteris abortivaria - male Dyspteris abortivaria - The Bad-Wing - Dyspteris abortivaria The Bad-Wing  - Dyspteris abortivaria Dyspteris abortivaria Dyspteris abortivaria the bad wing - Dyspteris abortivaria Lépidoptère - Dyspteris abortivaria - male
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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 Larentiinae
Tribe Lobophorini
Genus Dyspteris
Species abortivaria (The Bad-Wing - Hodges#7648)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
The Bad Wing
Explanation of Names
Called "The Bad-Wing" because the small hindwings are difficult to pull into position for pinning. The name of the genus also means bad wing - from the Greek "dys" (bad, difficult) + "pteron" (wing). Even the specific epithet abortivaria doesn't sound good, perhaps suggesting that various attempts or methods of pinning the wings have been aborted.
the only species in this genus in North America
Wingspan 20-28 mm
Adult: completely green, including head, thorax, abdomen, legs, and wings
forewing bluish-green, grayish-green, or bright green; costa with inward curve near apex, giving round-tipped appearance; antemedial (AM) and postmedial (PM) lines faint white, fairly straight, fading just before reaching costa; small white discal spot near middle of wing; hindwing similar color to forewing but much smaller (less than half the size of forewing)
eastern North America (Quebec to Florida, west to Texas, north to Manitoba)
Near edges, woodlands, with hostplants.
Adults fly from mid-April to August.
Larvae feed on grape (Vitis spp.) and Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus spp.)
Adults likely do not feed.
Life Cycle
two generations per year
See Also
other green geometrids (in the subfamily Geometrinae) do not have such a pronounced curve in the tip of the forewing, and they usually have some yellowish or brown color on the head and/or abdomen, rather than being completely green
Print References
Covell, p. 389, plate 49 #2 (1)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - range map, photos of living and pinned adults
Larry Line (adult images and other info; Maryland)
Works Cited
1.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.