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Species Hydrelia albifera - Fragile White Carpet - Hodges#7423

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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 Asthenini
Genus Hydrelia
Species albifera (Fragile White Carpet - Hodges#7423)
Hodges Number
wingspan 16-18 mm
forewing white with thick wavy yellow PM line, and thinner broken AM and ST lines; black discal dot on all wings; yellow bar on upper half of frons (the forehead)
hindwing color and pattern similar to forewing
British Columbia to Newfoundland, south to South Carolina and Mississippi, west to Utah
deciduous and mixed woodlands; adults are attracted to light
adults fly from May to August
larvae feed on leaves of White Birch (Betula papyrifera) and dogwood (Cornus spp.)
Life Cycle
two generations per year in some areas; one in others (e.g. Alberta)
Adults mating:
See Also
H. brunneifasciata has fainter and more broken yellow bands, and occurs only on the west coast (compare images of both species)

Lobocleta peralbata
For ID details, check out the forum article here: Conflation of two white Geometrids
Internet References
live adult image plus common name reference, description, food plants, and flight season (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
live adult image plus food plant (Jeremy Tatum, Butterflies and Moths of Southern Vancouver Island)
pinned adult image plus habitat, description, food plants, distribution (G.G. Anweiler, U. of Alberta)
pinned adult images from North Carolina (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
pinned adult image (John Glaser, Maryland)
presence in Utah; list (Joel Johnson, Utah Lepidopterists' Society)
presence in South Carolina; county map (John Snyder, Furman U., South Carolina)