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Species Scopula limboundata - Large Lace-border - Hodges#7159

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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 Sterrhinae
Tribe Scopulini
Genus Scopula
Species limboundata (Large Lace-border - Hodges#7159)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Large Lace Border
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Scopula limboundata (Haworth, 1809)
Phalaena limboundata Haworth, 1809
Acidalia enucleata Guenée, 1857
Acidalia restricata Walker, 1861
Acidalia reconditaria Walker, 1861
Acidalia mensurata Walker, 1866
Acidalia continuaria Walker, 1866
Leptomeris nigrodiscalis Hulst, 1898
Synelys relevata Swett, 1907
Synelys adornata Prout, 1907
Phylogenetic sequence # 910567
wingspan 25-30 mm, based on CBIF specimens
outer margins of wings angular; wing ground color pale whitish or yellowish, speckled with brownish-yellow dots and crossed by 3 or 4 wavy brownish-yellow lines; small black discal spot near middle of all wings; area between second and third wavy line usually less speckled than remainder of wing; subterminal area of hindwing (and anal angle portion of forewing) often with dark gray blotches or patches - lacking in the "enucleata" form of S. limboundata

Specimen identified by DNA analysis:

Some of the various forms:
North America east of the Rockies (appears to be less common in the southern US than in the northern states and Canada, judging from the number of records found on the web)
may also occur in Europe (?) - see Internet References
adults fly from late May to late August or early September
larvae feed on apple, blueberry, clover, dandelion, meadow-beauty, and black cherry
Life Cycle
Eggs, caterpillar, caterpillar, adult female:
The "enucleata" form, which lacks the dark gray subterminal patches, was formerly considered a separate species.
See Also
Scopula inductata has more heavily speckled wings, and outer wing margins are rounded, not angular; S. junctaria lacks black discal spots on all wings; S. luteolata has more brownish wings and outer margins are rounded, not angular; S. purata is smaller (wingspan 20 mm or less) but otherwise similar to forms other than "enucleata"; S. siccata has darker brown shading near apex of forewing, and wings are uniformly and heavily speckled. Compare images of all selected species.

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