Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

Photos of insects and people from the 2022 BugGuide gathering in New Mexico, July 20-24

National Moth Week was July 23-31, 2022! See moth submissions.

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Photos of insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12


Previous events


TaxonomyBrowse
Info
ImagesLinksBooksData

Species Pleuroprucha insulsaria - Common Tan Wave - Hodges#7132

Common Tan Wave Moth?  - Pleuroprucha insulsaria Caterpillar - Pleuroprucha insulsaria Common Tan Wave - Hodges#7132 - Pleuroprucha insulsaria Looper(?) caterpillar in South Florida - Pleuroprucha insulsaria Brown Moth - Pleuroprucha insulsaria geometrid 2 - Pleuroprucha insulsaria Pleuroprucha insulsaria - male Common Tan Wave - Hodges#7132 - Pleuroprucha insulsaria
Show images of: caterpillars · adults · both
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 Sterrhinae
Tribe Cosymbiini
Genus Pleuroprucha
Species insulsaria (Common Tan Wave - Hodges#7132)
Hodges Number
7132
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Pleuroprucha insulsaria (Guenée, [1858])
Acidalia insulsaria Guenée, 1857
Long list of synonyms. (1)
Numbers
one of two species in this genus in North America
Size
wingspan 14-21 mm
Identification
Adult: wings mottled yellowish-brown with finely-toothed inconspicuous lines parallel to outer margin; subterminal line pale, slightly wavy, punctuated by small black dots (a distinctive feature).
Description of adult, larva, life history notes in PDF. (1)
Photo of pupa. p. 98. (2)
Range
eastern North America: Nova Scotia to Florida, west to Texas and Colorado, north to Ontario. (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some collection locations and dates.
Habitat
deciduous woods, forest clearings, field edges; adults are nocturnal and attracted to light
Season
Adults have been recorded late May through late October on Block Island, RI, with a broad peak in abundance in July. The species probably has three or more overlapping generations there.(9)
Food
larvae feed on bittersweet, bedstraw, corn, goldenrod, chestnut, oak, willow, sumac, aster, joe pye weed, and other plants
Life Cycle
larva; larva; larva; larva; pupa; pupa; spent pupal case; adult
Print References
Guenée, 1857. Spec. Gén. des Lép. 9: 469
Internet References
common name reference plus foodplants and flight season (Ohio State U.)
distribution in Canada list of provinces (CBIF)