Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Digrammia continuata (Walker, 1862)
Anaitis continuata Walker, 1862
Anaitis orillata Walker, 
Aspilates strigularia Walker, 
* phylogenetic sequence #188900
Wingspan about 22-24 mm
Larva mature to 29 mm (Comstock & Dammers, 1935).
Pupa 12.5 mm (Comstock & Dammers, 1935).
New Brunswick to Florida, west to California, north to Manitoba. Range information complicated as species forms a complex with D. excurvata
and D. setonana
, adults of which are best separated by dissection.(1)
Adults fly from March to August, later in the far south. Larvae present from June to November.
Larvae feed on white-cedar and red-cedar. Comstock & Dammers found them abundant on ornamental Guadalupe cypress
) in suburban California and speculated they feed on wild junipers, as well.
Two generations per year; overwinters as a pupa in soil or debris.
This species forms a complex with D. excurvata
and D. setonana
and adults are best identified by dissection
Comstock, J. A. & C. A. Dammers 1935. Notes on the life histories of three butterflies and three moths from California . Bull. Southern California Acad. Sci. 34(3): 224
, pl.64-65 (synonym Phasiane orillata
Ferguson, D. C. 2008. Moths of America North of Mexico. Fascicle 17.2: p.261, pl.6.50-52
Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. p.205 (1)
Walker, F. 1862. Geometrites. List of the specimens of lepidopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum 25: 1445
Moth Photographers Group
- species page with photographs of living and pinned adults.
live larva image
plus common name reference and species account (C.T. Maier et al
presence in Florida; list
(John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)
distribution in Canada; list
of provinces of occurrence (CBIF)