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Species Cladara limitaria - Mottled Gray Carpet - Hodges#7637

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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 Larentiinae
Tribe Lobophorini
Genus Cladara
Species limitaria (Mottled Gray Carpet - Hodges#7637)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cladara limitaria (Walker, 1860)
Cleora limitaria Walker, 1860
Lobophora fusifasciata Walker, 1862
Scotosia lobophorata Walker, 1862
Larentia longipennis Walker, 1866
Nyctobia reiffi Swett, 1910
Lobophora anguilineata Grote & Robinson, 1867
Nyctobia eastmani Reiff, 1913
Eupithecia vernata Packard, 1873 (in part)
Lobophora nigroangulata Strecker, 1899
Explanation of Names
Cladara limitaria (Walker, 1860) includes as a synonyms anguilineata (Grote & Robinson, 1867), eastmani (Reiff, 19130, and vernata (Packard, 1873) (in part); vernata (in part) is also treated as a synonym of C. atroliturata (Walker, [1863]) pending designation of a neotype. (Schmidt & McGuinness in Pohl & Nanz (eds.) 2023) (1)
Parsons et al. (1999) included Nyctobia Hulst, 1896 as a junior synonym of Cladara Hulst, 1896.
Powell & Opler (2009) listed the forewing length 14-17 mm.(2)
WS ≈ 21-28mm (3)
☼ “Cladara limitaria and Cladara anguilineata are nearly indistinguishable by appearance. There isn't any visible characteristic that is diagnostic to my knowledge. In fact, some have stated that they may be the same species.” [Jason D. Roberts]

Wagner (2010) states Cladara limitaria and C. anguilineata may be one species. (4)
Powell & Opler (2009) (2) reported the range "is transcontinental across southern Canada and south to California (Placer County), eastern Nevada, and central Colorado. (5)
Also occurs in much of the eastern United States. (6)
Powell & Opler (2009) reported a single flight of April through June. (2)
Pohl et al. reported April to May in Alberta. (7)
Print References
Pearsall, R.F., 1914. Short studies in Geometridae. No. 3. Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society 9: 44.
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press, pl. 33, fig. 37; p. 231. (2)
Works Cited
1.Annotated Taxonomic Checklist of the Lepidoptera of North America, North of Mexico
Pohl, G. R. and S. R. Nanz (eds.). 2023. Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
3.Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America
David Beadle and Seabrooke Leckie. 2012. Houghton Mifflin.
4.Caterpillars of Eastern North America: A Guide to Identification and Natural History (Princeton Field Guides)
David L. Wagner. 2010. Princeton University Press, 1-496.
5.Assessment of species diversity in the Atlantic Maritime Ecozone
McAlpine D.F., Smith I.M. (eds.). 2010. Canadian Science Publishing (NRC Research Press). 785 pp.
6.North American Moth Photographers Group
7. An annotated list of the Lepidoptera of Alberta, Canada
Gregory R. Pohl, Gary G. Anweiler, B. Christian Schmidt, Norbert G. Kondla. 2010. ZooKeys 38: 1–549.
8.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems
9.University of Alberta Entomology Collection