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Species Fernaldella fimetaria - Green Broomweed Looper - Hodges#6420

Green Broomweed Looper - Fernaldella fimetaria - female Green Broomweed Looper Moth - Fernaldella fimetaria - female Green Broomweed Looper - Fernaldella fimetaria - male Green Broomweed Looper - Hodges #6420 - Fernaldella fimetaria Moth - Fernaldella fimetaria 6420  - Fernaldella fimetaria Fernaldella fimetaria? - Fernaldella fimetaria moth - Fernaldella fimetaria
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Classification
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 Macariini
Genus Fernaldella
Species fimetaria (Green Broomweed Looper - Hodges#6420)
Hodges Number
6420
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Fernaldella fimetaria (Grote(1) & Robinson, 1870)(2)
Narraga fimetaria (Grote & Robinson, 1870)
Fidonia fimetaria Grote & Robinson, 1870 (3)
Size
Grote & Robinson (1870) listed the wingspan 12-24 mm. (3)
Powell & Opler (2009) listed the forewing length 8-10 mm.(4)
Identification
Grote & Robinson (1870) original description as Fidonia fimetaria is available online.(3)
Adults are often mistaken for butterflies because they visit flowers during the day and hold their wings vertically over their back, displaying the brightly-patterned underside of the hindwing; the feathery antennae distinguishes them from butterflies. Upperside of wings light to medium brown with pale yellowish patches along the costa of forewing; fringe checkered dark brown and white.
Specimen determined by DNA analysis (BOLD). (5)
Range
Texas and Oklahoma to California, north to southern Alberta and Saskatchewan. Quite common in south and southwest Texas.(6)
Habitat
Dry shrublands, sparsely-vegetated sandy areas.
Season
Adults fly from May to August in the north, or as early as March in the south.
Food
Prairie broomweed (Amphiachyris dracunculoides) has been recorded as a host in Texas. McFarland found them on threadleaf snakeweed (Gutierrezia microcephala) in the Mojave Desert.(4)
Life Cycle
One or two generations per year. Eggs laid in ropelike rows.(4)
See Also
Fernaldella stalachtaria forewing upperside mostly orangish-yellow, rather than brown.
Fernaldella georgiana occurs only in Georgia, and has mostly dark brown wings.
Print References
Ferguson, D.C., 2008. Moths of America North of Mexico. Fascicle 17.2. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, p. 345; pl. 8, figs. 61-63. (2)
Grote, A.R. & C.T., Robinson, 1870. Description of American Lepidoptera, no. 5. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 3: 182. (3)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press, pl. 27, fig. 41; p. 206. (4)
Internet References
pinned adult images of male and female (CBIF)
distribution in Canada listing Saskatchewan and Alberta (CBIF)
Works Cited
1.Augustus Radcliffe Grote, Lepidopterist (1841-1903)
2.The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 17.2, Geometroidea, Geometridae, Ennominae.
Douglas C. Ferguson . 2008. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.
3.Description of American Lepidoptera, No. 5
A. R. Grote, C. T. Robinson. 1870. Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 3 (8): 176-183.
4.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
5.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems
6.Illustrated Checklist of the Lepidoptera of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas, Vol. 3C: Micro-Moths and Geometroids
Ed Knudson & Charles Bordelon. 2008. Texas Lepidoptera Survey, Houston. 30 pp., 18 plates.
7.North American Moth Photographers Group
8.University of Alberta Entomology Collection