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Genus Cingilia

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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 Ourapterygini
Genus Cingilia
Explanation of Names
CINGILIA: from the Latin "cingula" (a girdle); perhaps a reference to the dark dots that girdle the perimeter of the wings
1 species in North America (
wingspan 30-40 mm
larvae to 50 mm
Adult: wings white to pale brown or grayish; AM, PM, and terminal lines composed of black dots (AM and PM lines may be continuous in some individuals); top of head and "shoulders" yellow, with remainder of thorax and abdomen whitish to grayish

Larva: pale yellow to greenish-yellow; several white spots along side, each white spot bordered by a black spot before and after; lateral spots may be superimposed on three black-edged white stripes running length of body; head yellow with several black spots
Alberta to Nova Scotia, south to Maryland, west to Kansas
woodlands, barrens, bogs, heathlands
adults fly in September and early October
larvae from June to August
larvae feed on a variety of shrubs and trees: alder, bayberry, birch, blueberry, bog laurel, cranberry, fir, huckleberry, leatherleaf, maple, oak, pine, poplar, sweetfern, sweet gale, tamarack, white cedar, willow.
Life Cycle
overwinters as an egg, which is laid in the fall; larvae emerge in June and pupate in August; pupa stage lasts about a month; one generation per year
Larvae hang motionless straight down from a twig during the day, then feed in the evening and at night.
"Locally abundant to the point of being a pest in some years, yet becoming increasingly rare over much of its former range in the Northeast." (Wagner et al; 2001)
Print References
Wagner, Ferguson, McCabe, and Reardon. Geometroid Caterpillars of Northeastern and Appalachian Forests. 2001.
Internet References
live adult and larva images plus description, biology, food plants, seasonality, etc. (U. of Maine)
live adult images (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
pinned adult image of specimen collected by T.R. Peale in Vermont in 1873 (Titian Peale Butterfly and Moth Collection, Academy of Natural Sciences)
live larva image [by Eileen Pike, New Brunswick] (Furman U., South Carolina)
text account of "mystery caterpillar" (Eileen Pike, Nature NB Listserve, U. of New Brunswick)
live larva image shown hanging from a twig (Steven Katovich, USDA Forest Service,
biology and larval food plants & season (U. of Vermont)
distribution in Canada - list of provinces (CBIF)
status in Massachusetts - listed as species of Special Concern, plus common name reference [Chain-dotted Geometer] (Environmental & Readiness Center, Massachusetts National Guard)
common name reference [Chainspotted Geometer] (ITIS)