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Species Protoboarmia porcelaria - Porcelain Gray - Hodges#6598

Porcelain gray moth - Protoboarmia porcelaria moth - Protoboarmia porcelaria - female November inchworm - Protoboarmia porcelaria Porcelain Gray - Protoboarmia porcelaria - male Porcelain Gray - Protoboarmia porcelaria Porcelain Gray? - Protoboarmia porcelaria - female Protoboarmia porcelaria Protoboarmia porcelaria
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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 Boarmiini
Genus Protoboarmia
Species porcelaria (Porcelain Gray - Hodges#6598)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Dash-lined Looper (larva)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Protoboarmia porcelaria (Guenée)
Orig. Comb: Boarmia porcelaria Guenée, [1858]
wingspan 25–35 mm
Adult: wings pale brownish-gray crossed by dark brown/gray curving lines, at least one of which has small dentate (tooth-like) marks along its length; darkest mark on forewing is blackish blotch at costa where postmedian (PM) line begins; discal spot represented by short streak near point where antemedian (AM) line touches costa; hindwing discal spot usually present near center of wing
Specimen identified by DNA analysis:

e. U.S. and across Canada - Map (MPG)
mostly: Apr–Oct (longer in the south) - MPG
larvae feed on cedar, balsam fir, douglas-fir, hemlock, larch, pine, spruce, soapberry, birch, elm, oak, poplar,
Life Cycle
Larva, Mating pairs:
See Also
Small Engrailed (Ectropis crepuscularia) is larger, lacks discal spot on both wings, and darkest mark on forewing is along PM line near center of wing (compare images of both species at CBIF)
Print References
Internet References
Lepidoptera of Wayne County, Ohio - Ohio State University
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.