Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
& Robinson, 1870)
Tarache cretata Grote & Robinson, 1870
Phylogenetic sequence #
Explanation of Names
cretata: from the Latin "creta" (chalk); "cretated" means rubbed with chalk - refers to the whitish color on the forewing, and is the origin of the suggested common name Chalky Bird Dropping Moth.
Adult: forewing mostly white basally, and dark green to blackish beyond PM line; amount of pearl-gray shading in basal half varies from almost none to almost complete; reniform spot either white or dark, bordered by pale yellowish-green shading on one or both sides; fringe scales usually white along lower half of outer margin, and dark along upper half; hindwing white, shading to brownish-gray at outer margin; fringe white.
Widespread throughout southern and central United States, as far north as extreme southern Saskatchewan, Canada and south into Mexico. (3)
Adults fly from April to September.
Poole states the host is unknown. (5)
The larva are a host of the parasitoid braconid wasp Bracon mellitor
Grote, A.R. & C.T. Robinson, 1870. Description of American Lepidoptera, no. 5. Transactions of the American Entomological Society
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presence in California
8 specimen records with dates and locations (U. of California at Berkeley)