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Species Melanolophia canadaria - Canadian Melanolophia - Hodges#6620

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Geometroidea (Geometrid and Swallowtail Moths)
Family Geometridae (Geometrid Moths)
Subfamily Ennominae
Tribe Melanolophiini
Genus Melanolophia
Species canadaria (Canadian Melanolophia - Hodges#6620)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Melanolophia canadaria (Guenée, [1858])
Tephrosia canadaria Guenée, 1857
Melanolophia carbonata Cassino & Swett, 1923
Wingspan 30-36 mm.
Forewing mottled brown or grayish, crossed by 3 or 4 wavy lines (the postmedial - PM - line is the most prominent of these lines, and often the only one to cross the wing without fading); a dark blotch where the PM line meets the inner margin usually contains a curved whitish "V" reminiscent of a "flying seagull" - a good field mark when present.
Florida to Nova Scotia, west to Saskatchewan, south to Texas.
Larvae feed on leaves of birch, cherry, elm, maple, oak, pine.
Life Cycle
Two generations per year.
See Also
Signate Melanolophia usually has more uniformly-colored wings (less mottling) but poorly-marked individuals may be difficult to distinguish. Compare images of both species.
Print References
Covell Jr, C.V., 1984. Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America. Houghton Mifflin Company. p. 355, plate 52 #3. (1)
Wagner, D.L., Caterpillars of Eastern North America: A Guide to Identification and Natural History. Princeton University Press. p. 159. (2)
Internet References
live adult images (Larry Line)
pinned adult images (Dalton State College, Georgia)
live larva image plus description and other info (Caterpillars of Eastern Forests, USGS)