Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Zale aeruginosa (Guenée, 1852)
Ypsia aeruginosa Guenee, 1852
Phylogenetic sequence # 931029
Explanation of Names
from the Latin "aerugnisosus" (resembling rust of copper), from "aerugo" (rust of copper); a bluish-green color - refers to the forewings, which appear to be dusted with bluish-green flakes of copper rust.
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 39 species of the genus Zale
species in America north of Mexico. (2)
Forewings blackish-brown to coal black, variably dusted with pale green(3)
or whitish speckles mostly beyond AM line, and in ST and terminal areas; lines fine, black, lower ST line heaviest.
Ontario to Nova Scotia, south to Florida, west to Texas. (4)
Moth Photographers Group
- large map with some distribution data.
Barens, pocosins, woodlands, and forests. (7)
Adults are most often reported from March to October, but have been recorded from January to October. (8)
Larvae feed on leaves of white and live oak (Kimball, 1965) and blueberry (7)
, Covell adds spruce. (3)
Two generations per year in the south; one in the north.
pinned adult image
(James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)