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Species Eupithecia purpurissata - Hodges#7579

7579  - Eupithecia purpurissata
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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 Eupitheciini
Genus Eupithecia
Species purpurissata (Eupithecia purpurissata - Hodges#7579)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Eupithecia purpurissata Grossbeck, 1908 (1)
Two subspecies have been described. (2), (3)
Eupithecia purpurissata purpurissata (northern and central California)
Eupithecia purpurissata valariata Pearsall, 1910 (southern California)
Grossbeck (1908) listed the wingspan 20-22 mm. (1)
Grossbeck (1908) original description. (1) "In wing form like the ordinary type of Eupithecia, wings not unusually extended nor unusually broad. Front slightly protuberant, palpi extending a little beyond the front. Entire moth above including palpi, front, antennae, etc., an even purplish-brown. Primaries without markings save a rather large, round, black discal spot and a terminal line indicated by a heightening in the ground color. Secondaries slightly paler toward base and showing a small discal dot and a terminal line as in fore wings. On the inner edge are faint indications of six transverse lines which extend only a short way into the wing. Beneath, all wings paler especially basally, and exceedingly faint indications of a geminate extra-discal and median lines are present on the primaries and several ill-defined, evenly rounded lines cross the secondaries. Discal spots small, scarcely discernible.
Specimen determined by DNA analysis (BOLD). (4)
California to Oregon. (5)
Holotype from Monterey, California. (1)
The flight period appears to be February to July. (5), (4)
Print References
Grossbeck, J.A., 1908. New moths of the family Geometridæ. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, 16: 23.
Works Cited
1.New Moths of the Family Geometridae
John A. Grossbeck. 1908. Journal of The New York Entomological Society, 16: 19-31.
2.Revision of the North American species of the genus Eupithecia (Lepidoptera, Geometridae)
James H. McDunnough. 1949. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 93(8).
3.Taxonomic and life history notes on North American Eupithecia (Lepidoptera, Geometridae)
Frederick H. Rindge. 1952. American Museum Novitates 1569: 1-27.
4.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems
5.North American Moth Photographers Group