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Phyllodonta esperanza

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Geometridae
Rank  Species
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Genus  Phyllodonta
Phyllodonta esperanza

Phyllodonta esperanza is a moth in the Geometridae family. It is found in the Talamancas and Central Volcanic and Tilaran ranges in Costa Rica, possibly extending into the other Costa Rican mountain ranges and northern Panama. It has been collected at altitudes above 1,200 meters.

The length of the forewings is 20–26 mm for males and 25–27 mm for females. The forewings are warm brown with prominent undulating antemedial and postmedial lines. Both lines are black edged with lighter greyish scales proximally. There is black scaling distal to the reniform spot at the costa, forming a diffuse line parallel to the antemedial line. The reniform spot is small, black and forms a center of a grey circle. The hindwings have a prominent postmedial line, the margin with a submedial notch. Adults are on wing year round.


The species is named for the biological station La Esperanza in the Talamanca Mountains, Cartago, Costa Rica, where many of the specimens were taken.


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