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Species Iridopsis defectaria - Brown-shaded Gray Moth - Hodges#6586

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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 Ennominae
Tribe Boarmiini
Genus Iridopsis
Species defectaria (Brown-shaded Gray Moth - Hodges#6586)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Iridopsis defectaria (Guenée)
Orig. Comb: Boarmia defectaria Guenée, [1858](1)
Syn: Boarmia albigenaria Walker, 1860
There are more than twenty Iridopsis species found in America north of Mexico.
Forewing length 13-20 mm.(1)
Whitish gray wings with no trace of purple. Prominent warm brown shading on basal side of AM and distal side of PM. PM strongly concave near inner margin. A very distinctive feature is that there are two small indentations in the PM line where it bulges at wing cells Cu1 and Cu2. HW has elliptical hollow discal spot, touching PM. Females are without banding and are more speckled. (a)
e US (1) - Map (MPG)
yr round in Gulf states (BG & MPG data)
cherry, oaks, poplars, walnut, willows, and other woody plants.(2)
Life Cycle
Larva; pupa; adult
common in c. TX (3)
See Also
Compare on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group.
Iridopsis defectaria is not found in southern Texas. I. gemella, pseudoherse and boldly marked perfectaria cannot be separated from defectaria without examining the genitalia.
Print References
Rindge, 1966: 223. (1)