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Species Cerma cerintha - Tufted Bird Dropping Moth - Hodges#9062

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Acronictinae
Genus Cerma
Species cerintha (Tufted Bird Dropping Moth - Hodges#9062)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Tufted Bird Lime Moth
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cerma cerintha (Treitschke, 1826)
Acontia cerintha Treitschke, 1826
Chamyris obscura Dyar, 1923;
Wingspan 28-33 mm
Coloration resembles a bird dropping when at rest (mostly white in the middle, and dark at both ends). FW white with a mixture of black, gray, reddish-brown, and olive-green. Orbicular spot outlined black. Reniform spot partially filled with light gray or bluish-gray and outlined black. HW white with gray discal spot and gray terminal line. Abdomen with dark dorsal tufts
eastern North America (New Brunswick and Maine to Florida, west to Mississippi and Arkansas, north to Manitoba)
woodlands, wood edges, shrubby areas
adults fly from May to August in the south; mostly June and July in the north
larvae feed on leaves of plants in the rose family (Rosaceae) such as apple, cherry, hawthorn, peach, pear, plum, rose
Life Cycle
one generation per year
See Also
Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth (Ponometia candefacta)
Print References
Covell, p. 148, plate 30 #8 (1)
Internet References
Larry Line, Maryland live adult images, common name reference [Tufted Bird Dropping Moth], food plants
Canadian Biodiversity pinned adult image