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Species Lobocleta ossularia - Drab Brown Wave - Hodges#7094

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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 Sterrhini
Genus Lobocleta
Species ossularia (Drab Brown Wave - Hodges#7094)
Hodges Number
7094
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Lobocleta ossularia (Geyer, 1837)
Leptomeris ossularia Geyer, 1837
Size
Wingspan about 13-19 mm.
Identification
Adult: forewing grayish-brown with black speckling and four dark brown indistinct lines; PM and subterminal lines slightly wavy, curving slightly toward base near costa; median line usually thicker and more diffuse than other lines; black discal dot often present between AM and median lines; hindwing has similar color and pattern as forewing.
Range
California to Florida, north in the east to New York and Illinois; not yet recorded in Canada.
Season
Adults fly from June to September in California.
Food
HOSTS database includes larval food plants common chickweed (Stellaria media, Caryophyllaceae), species of bedstraw (Galium, Rubiaceae), and beach strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis, Rosaceae).
See Also
Straight-lined Wave (Lobocleta plemyraria) forewing lines straighter; PM and subterminal lines do not curve toward base near costa
Lobocleta quaesitata has dark brown wings and occurs in British Columbia, beyond the range of ossularia
(compare images of these and related species by Jim Vargo in Internet References link below)
Internet References
live adult image plus dates and larval foodplant (Larry Line, Maryland)
pinned adult images (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
presence in California; list of 5 specimen records with dates and locations (U. of California at Berkeley)
presence in Florida; list (John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)
presence in New York; list (Timothy McCabe, Olive Natural Heritage Society, New York)