The Ourapterygini are one of the large tribes of geometer moths in the subfamily Ennominae. The tribe was described by Charles Théophile Bruand d'Uzelle in 1846. They are particularly plentiful in the Neotropics. Ourapterygini are generally held to be the youngest tribe of their subfamily, and at least seasonally have characteristic apomorphic asymmetrical processes of the anellus.[2]

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Omnivorous looper (Sabulodes aegrotata), dark individual
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Patalene olyzonaria
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Geometridae
Subfamily: Ennominae
Tribe: Ourapterygini
Bruand, 1846

About 60; see text

  • Cingiliini Forbes, 1948
  • Emplocidae Guenée, 1858
  • Emplociini Guenée, 1858
  • Oxydiidae Butler, 1886
  • Oxydiini Butler, 1886
  • Urapteridae Bruand, 1846
Eusarca confusaria trapped by the carnivorous plant Drosera filiformis

Many members of this tribe are remarkably butterfly like. The tribe contains more partially diurnal species than usual for geometer moths, and many do not have the cryptic coloration typical for the family. There is a tendency to light yellowish hues and either little or a quite bold pattern, making some species rather conspicuous. It is known that at least some are noxious to predators, and such coloration might be aposematic.

Genera and selected speciesEdit

As numerous Ennominae genera have not yet been assigned to a tribe,[3] this genus list is preliminary.


  1. ^ Forum Herbulot (2008)
  2. ^ Young (2008)
  3. ^ See references in Savela (2008)


  • Forum Herbulot (2008). Family group names in Geometridae. Retrieved 22 July 2008.
  • Savela, Markku. "Tribe Ourapterygini". Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  • Young, Catherine J. (2008). "Characterisation of the Australian Nacophorini using adult morphology, and phylogeny of the Geometridae based on morphological characters". Zootaxa. 1736: 1–141.