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Species Cabera variolaria - The Vestal - Hodges#6678

White spring moth? 1:29pm - Cabera variolaria White spring moth? 11:41am - Cabera variolaria The Vestal - Cabera variolaria Geometridae: Cabera variolaria - Cabera variolaria - male The Vestal - Cabera variolaria Pink-striped Willow Spanworm - Ontario - Cabera variolaria - male genitalia - Cabera variolaria - female Cabera variolaria
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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 variolaria (The Vestal - Hodges#6678)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Pink-striped Willow Spanworm (larva)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cabera variolaria Guenée, [1858]
Deilinia variolaria (Guenee, 1857) (1)
Explanation of Names
VESTAL: n. - a virgin; a woman of spotless chastity
VESTAL: a. - pure; chaste (Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1979)
probably refers to the moth's wings, which can be pure white
Forewing length: (1)
♂ 12-16 mm.
♀ 11-16 mm.
Adult: front of head and forelegs yellowish-brown to orange; wings may be pure white (but not shiny) or white with light gray speckling and very faint traces of yellowish to grayish-brown lines crossing the wings

Larva: has a green form and a brown form

Rindge (1956) description as Deilinia variolaria (Guenee), is online in PDF.(1)
All of North America except Yukon and Alaska. (2), (3), (4)
Mixed and deciduous woods and parklands.
Adults fly from May to September (2 or 3 broods).
Larvae feed on leaves of cherry, poplar, tamarack, willow.
Life Cycle
Two or three generations per year; overwinters as a pupa; eggs are laid singly below but along the edge of host leaves.
See Also
Protitame virginalis has dark gray forelegs, and the wings of Lomographa vestalia are shiny, translucent, and unspotted white (compare images of both species).
Eudeilinia herminiata has distinct gray lines across the wings.