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Epimecis hortaria

The Tulip-tree beauty (Epimecis hortaria) is a species of Ennominae found in North America. It is found throughout New England south to Florida and west to Texas and Missouri.[2] They can be seen flying from late March to early October. Adults are nocturnal and are attracted to lights.[3] The immature caterpillars can be found feeding on Magnolia, Asimina, Populus, Sassafras and Liriodendron.[4]


With a wingspan of 43-55mm, E. hortaria is one of the larger Geometer moths.[5] There are two forms, one being "Dendraria" and the other being "Carbonaria". The Dendraria has a broader median with subterminal lines while the Carbonaria is darker with white edging.[3] The thick bodied caterpillar has a swollen 3rd thoracic segment. The caterpillar is grey to brown with darker markings, faint pinstripes and orange spiracles.[2]


  1. ^ "Epimecis hortaria Fabricius 1794". Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  2. ^ a b Evans, Arthur V. (2007). Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America. Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. p. 320. ISBN 978-1-4027-4153-1. 
  3. ^ a b "Species Epimecis hortaria - Tulip-tree Beauty - Hodges#6599". Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  4. ^ "Epimecis hortaria". Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  5. ^ "Species Detail Butterflies and Moths of North America". Retrieved 2009-12-16. 


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