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Hemistola chrysoprasaria01.jpg
Small Emerald, Hemistola chrysoprasaria
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked): Macrolepidoptera
Superfamily: Geometroidea
Family: Geometridae
Subfamily: Geometrinae
Tribe: Hemitheini
Bruand, 1846

Several, see text


Chlorochromini Duponchel, 1845
Chlorochromites Duponchel, 1845
Comostolini Inoue, 1961
Hemistolini Inoue, 1961
Hemitheidae Bruand, 1846
Hemitheiti Bruand, 1846
Jodiini Inoue, 1961 (lapsus)
Jodini Inoue, 1961
Microloxiini Hausmann, 1996
Thalassodini Inoue, 1961
Thalerini Herbulot, 1963
(but see text)

Though small in absolute diversity of genera, the Hemitheini are nonetheless the largest tribes of geometer moths in the subfamily Geometrinae. Like most Geometrinae, they are small greenish "emerald moths".

In some treatments the Comostolini, Hemistolini, Jodini, Microloxiini, Thalassodini and Thalerini are split off as independent tribes. But they are probably paraphyletic among themselves and with respect to the remaining Hemitheini.[2] Consequently, until more information is available they are included in the Hemitheini here.

In other systems,[3] the Geometrinae are defined in a more inclusive way; the Hemitheini are then ranked as a subtribe Hemitheiti.

Selected genera and species[edit]

A few Geometrinae genera are not yet assigned to a tribe with certainty; some of them might belong here too.[4]


  1. ^ Forum Herbulot (2008)
  2. ^ Holloway (1996), Beljaev (2007)
  3. ^ e.g. Holloway (1996)
  4. ^ See references in Savela (2007)