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Species Nepytia canosaria - False Hemlock Looper - Hodges#6906

Nepytia canosaria Hodges# 6906, False Hemlock Looper? - Nepytia canosaria - female moth - Nepytia canosaria 6906 False Hemlock Looper - Nepytia canosaria - male False Hemlock Looper - Nepytia canosaria Moth sp - Nepytia canosaria Nepytia canosaria 6906 False Hemlock Looper - Nepytia canosaria False Hemlock Looper Moth -  Nepytia  canosaria - Nepytia canosaria - male
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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 Nepytia
Species canosaria (False Hemlock Looper - Hodges#6906)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Nepytia canosaria (Walker, [1863])
Aspilates canosaria Walker, 1863
Nepytia pulchraria
N. piniaria
N. fuscaria
Wingspan 25-32 mm.
Adult: top of head small yellowish spot; forewing ground color usually whitish but sometimes dark grayish-brown; wings speckled with gray or brown; forewing AM and PM lines black, scalloped, and with pointed teeth in PM line; discal spot large, black; in dark individuals, PM line bordered by conspicuous white line
hindwing paler with less prominent markings; fringe of both wings checkered black and white

Larva: body boldly striped with green and pale yellow; head green with black dots.

Newfoundland to North Carolina, west to Oregon, north to Alberta. (1)
Coniferous and mixed woods; adults fly during day and night, and may be attracted to light.
The adults fly from late July to October.
The larvae feed on leaves of a variety of coniferous trees. (2)
Life Cycle
Overwinters as a pupa in a flimsy cocoon among foliage of host plant.
See Also
N. semiclusaria (The Southern Neptyia) is larger and smoother dark gray with less contrasting lines. Its range is restricted to the southeast (NC to FL, west to TX).(3)

N. pellucidaria is similar but less boldly patterned, and with less black.


in the far west see species of Enypia.
Print References
Covell, p. 371 & plate 56#1 (4)
Walker, F. 1862. Geometrites. List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum, 26: page 1674.
Internet References
pinned adult images of 2 males and 2 females (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
adult image (Larry Line, Maryland)
Works Cited
1.Assessment of species diversity in the Atlantic Maritime Ecozone
McAlpine D.F., Smith I.M. (eds.). 2010. Canadian Science Publishing (NRC Research Press). 785 pp.
2.Western Forest Insects
Furniss, R.L. and Carolin, V.M. 1977. 1977. U.S.D.A. Forest Service Misc. Publ. 1339.
3.Southern Nepytia
4.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
5.North American Moth Photographers Group
6.University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum
7.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems
8.Butterflies of North America