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Jodis lactearia01.jpg
Little emerald, Jodis lactearia (Hemitheini)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Geometridae
Subfamily: Geometrinae
Leach, 1815
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Geometrinae is the nominate subfamily of the geometer moth family (Geometridae). It is strongly split, containing a considerable number of tribes of which most are presently very small or monotypic. These small moths are often a light bluish green, leading to the common name of emerald moths, though a few species called thus are also found in the tribe Campaeini of the Ennominae. A phylogeny and classification was published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society in which 13 tribes were accepted.[1]

There are about 2,300 described species, mostly from the tropics.

Selected genera and species[edit]

Genera incertae sedis[edit]

Some geometrine genera have not been definitely assigned to a tribe.[2] These include:


  1. ^ Ban X., et al. (2018) Tribal classification and phylogeny of Geometrinae (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) inferred from seven gene regions. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 184 (3): 653–672. doi:10.1093/zoolinnean/zly013
  2. ^ See references in Savela (2007)


  • Savela, Markku. "Geometrinae". Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms. Retrieved April 13, 2019.

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