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Species Ectropis crepuscularia - Small Engrailed - Hodges#6597

Small Engrailed Moth - Ectropis crepuscularia Mystery Moth - Ectropis crepuscularia Small Engrailed - Hodges#6597 - Ectropis crepuscularia 1999 Ectropis crepuscularia - Small Engrailed Moth 6597 - Ectropis crepuscularia pretty cat - Ectropis crepuscularia Small Engrailed Moth - Ectropis crepuscularia Saddleback Looper - Ectropis crepuscularia unknown geometrid caterpillar - Ectropis crepuscularia
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Classification
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 Boarmiini
Genus Ectropis
Species crepuscularia (Small Engrailed - Hodges#6597)
Hodges Number
6597
Other Common Names
larva known as Saddleback Looper (forestpests.org)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ectropis crepuscularia ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Explanation of Names
CREPUSCULARIA: from the Latin "crepusculum" - twilight
crepuscular animals are most active during twilight (dusk and dawn), whereas nocturnal animals are most active during the night, and diurnal ones during the day
Numbers
Ectropis crepuscularia is the only member of the genus in America north of Mexico.
Size
Wingspan 30-41 mm.
Identification
small black dentate (tooth-like) markings along 3 or 4 lines that cross the wing
amount of dark banding varies from heavy to almost none, but the darkest mark on the forewing is a blackish blotch along the postmedian (PM) line near the center of the wing - distinguishing this species from Protoboarmia porcelaria (Porcelain Gray), whose darkest mark is at the costa where the PM line begins
E. crepuscularia lacks a short dark streak just below the point where the antemedian (AM) line touches the costa, and usually lacks a dark spot near the middle of the hindwing (both of these marks are present in Protoboarmia porcelaria)
Some of the various forms:


Genitalia:
Range
Coast to coast in North America, north to the panhandle of Alaska but not Yukon or NWT
also occurs throughout Eurasia
Season
The main flight period appears to be March to October.
The larvae present in July and August in northern US and southern Canada.
Food
The larvae are generalist feeders on balsam fir, hemlock, larch, cedar, spruce, apple, alder, birch, elm, maple, oak, poplar, and willow.
Life Cycle
One generation in the north; 2 or 3 in the south.
Larva, Mating Pair:
(both genders with simple antennae)
See Also
Protoboarmia porcelaria (Porcelain Gray) which is smaller and has a short dark streak just below the point where the antemedian (AM) line touches the costa. See comparison images of both species.
Print References
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press, p. 210; plate 28, fig. 17. (1)
Internet References
live adult image (Esko Viitanen, Finland)
adult images (Larry Line)
live larva image plus text description and other info (forestpests.org)
pinned adult image (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)