forewing ground color pale yellowish with sharply-bent dark shaded PM line and brown speckling throughout; usually shows good contrast between dark and light areas but amount of dark shading varies considerably
Nova Scotia to Georgia, west to Kentucky, north to Manitoba
adults fly from May to July
larvae feed on apple, blueberry, cherry, persimmon, sassafras
Guide page creation based on Bob Patterson's identification of this image
, which Bob says is within the range of variation of 5 images of this species illustrated in Louis Handfield's 1999 Le Guide des Papillons du Quebec
Common Metarranthis very similar, and both species show variation in color (see sample images
of both species)
Refracted Metarranthis patterned very much like this species, but tends to be darker, often with reddish or purplish shading.
Purple Metarranthis is smaller, much darker, deep purple in color, and not found as far north as this species.
Other species of Metarranthis besides homuraria, hypochraria, indeclinata, and refractaria do not have a sharply-bent PM line.
- Has long labial palpi. Note triangular dot on hindwing.
live adult images
by several photographers, plus similar species for comparison (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult image
(James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)