Melanchroia chephise

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Melanchroia chephise
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Geometridae
Tribe: Boarmiini
Genus: Melanchroia
Species: M. chephise
Binomial name
Melanchroia chephise
(Stoll, 1782)
Synonyms
  • Phalaena chephise Stoll, [1782]
  • Tanagra expositata Walker, 1862

Melanchroia chephise, the white-tipped black or snowbush spanworm, is a moth of the family Geometridae. It is found from Florida and Texas, south to Paraguay. Strays have been recorded from Arizona, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Illinois.

The wingspan is about 33 mm. Adults are on wing from September to December.

Larvae feed on Euphorbiaceae species, including Breynia and Phyllanthus.

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