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Species Cabera erythemaria - Yellow-dusted Cream - Hodges#6677

902 Yellow-dusted Cream Moth 6677 - Cabera erythemaria - male Pale Moth with Yellow Markings and Fringed Border - Cabera erythemaria Cabera erythemaria - male Cabera erythemaria - female Yellow-dusted Cream - Hodges#6677 - Cabera erythemaria Yellow-dusted Cream - Cabera erythemaria Yellow-dusted Cream - Cabera erythemaria Cabera erythemaria
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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 Caberini
Genus Cabera
Species erythemaria (Yellow-dusted Cream - Hodges#6677)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Western Wave (U. of Alberta)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cabera erythemaria Guenée, [1858]
Cabera erythemaria erythemaria
Cabera erythemaria undularia
Ellopia incoloraria Walker, 1863
Deilinia pacificaria Packard, 1876
Deilinia undularia Barnes & McDunnough, 1913
wingspan 21-28 mm
See Rindge (1956) in Print References below.

Specimen identified by DNA analysis:
coastal northern British Columbia east to Newfoundland, south in the east to Florida, south in the west to California
mixed and deciduous woods and parklands
adults fly from May to August
larvae feed on birch, blueberry, willow, and occasionally poplar
Life Cycle
Overwinters as larva(1)
See Also
Cabera exanthemata is larger and grayer. Also, distinguished from C. exanthemata by geographical range. (C. exanthemata occurs from Manitoba to British Columbia, and north to Northwest Territories and Alaska, but not east or south of that range). Where ranges overlap, the two species cannot be reliably identified by sight. See 2 images of each species.
Gueneria similaria - Per Rindge, (1956): "Another species that sometimes is confused with erythemaria is Gueneria similaria (Walker). The present species can be separated by the pectinate antennae in the male, as the male antennae of similaria are simple. In addition, the later species has on the underside of each wing a small discal dot and a faint row of postmedial dots, which are not present in erythemaria."
Print References
Barnes, W. M. & J. H. McDunnough 1913, New North American Lepidoptera with notes on described species. Contributions to the Natural History of the Lepidoptera of North America. 2(3): 124; pl. 8, figs. 5, 6. (Deilinia undularia)
Packard, A.S. 1876. A monograph of the geometrid moths or Phalaenidae of the United States. Report of the United States Geological Survey of the territories. 10: 307; pl. 10, fig. 28. (Deilinia pacificaria); 10: 306; pl. 10, fig. 27 (Deilinia erythemaria)
Rindge, F.H. 1956. A Revision of the American species of Deilinia (Lepidoptera, Geometridae). American Museum Novitates. 1810: 14-19.
Walker, F., [1863]. Geometrites List of the specimens of lepidopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. 26: 1509 (Ellopia incoloraria)
Internet References
biology plus common name reference [Western Wave] and other info (U. of Alberta)
presence in Florida; list (Michael Thomas, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)
Works Cited
1.Eastern Forest Insects
Whiteford L. Baker. 1972. U.S. Department of Agriculture · Forest Service.
2.North American Moth Photographers Group
3.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems