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Alsophila \Alsophila\ n. 1. 1 a genus comprising the geometrid moths.

Syn: genus Alsophila.


Alsophila can mean:

  • Alsophila (moth), a genus of moth
  • Cyathea sect. Alsophila, a section of a subgenus of tree ferns
Alsophila (moth)

Alsophila is a genus of the moth family Geometridae, subfamily Alsophilinae. The genus is notable because of distinct sexual dimorphism leading to strongly reduced wings in females, so much so that they cannot fly. The moths fly in late autumn or early spring.

Usage examples of "alsophila".

When he came back he bore with him beautiful bunches of ferns of many kinds-Hymenophyllum and Asplenium, portions of the fronds of the Dicksonia, the Adiantum, the Alsophila, excelsa, the Umbrella fern, the Acrostichurn and others.

Archontophoenix and Livistona palms, and the giant Alsophila ferns-Cooperi and australis-and the promontories stood with their shaggy westringias and hibbertias and hardenbergias and white button-flowers all aglow, staring, staring, staring out over the blue lazy ocean, and casting blue and purple shadows across the yellow sand of the beach, even reaching to the masses of white foam that were swept ashore, when the little breakers were dashed to pieces, the enemy was seen on the top, above the dark wall of ironstone, right out on the edge, waving spears, and he was heard shouting to the family of Arrilla down on the beach.