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Species Hydrelia albifera - Fragile White Carpet - Hodges#7423

Fragile White Carpet Underside, 8:46am - Hydrelia albifera White moth - Hydrelia albifera 7423, Hydrelia albifera, Fragile White Carpet - Hydrelia albifera Moth - Hydrelia albifera geometrid - Hydrelia albifera Fragile White Carpet - Hydrelia albifera Hydrelia albifera Fragile White Carpet - Hydrelia albifera
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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
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hydrelia albifera (Walker, 1866)
Acidalia albifera Walker, 1866
Acidalia albogilvaria Morrison, 1874
Corycia triseriata Packard, 1874
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
Throughout eastern US and Canada; possibly replaced by Hydrelia brunneifasciata west of the Rockies (1).
Type locality (albifera): North America.
Type locality (albogilvaria): USA: MA, NY.
Type locality (triseriata): White Mountains, NH; Beverly, MA, Andover, MA; Albany, NY.
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 replaces albifera west of the Rockies (1). Identifications should be considered tentative.

Lobocleta peralbata
For ID details, check out the forum article here: Conflation of two white Geometrids
Print References
Morrison, H.K., 1874 (1873-1874). New North American Lepidoptera. Proceedings of the Boston Society of Natural History, 16: 194.
Packard, A.S., 1874. Descriptions of New North American Phalaenidae. Sixth Annual report of the trustees of the Peabody Academy of Science, p. 50.
Walker, F., 1866. Supplement - part 5. List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum, 35: 1625.
Works Cited
1.The Lepidoptera of New York and neighboring states. Part II...
Forbes, W.T.M. 1948. Cornell University Agriculture Experimental Station Memoirs, 274: 1-263.